A basic stage-by-stage approach to painting an object.
To begin any painting I 'pencil' a basic outline and then create a masked folder around that shape. I continue to refine the mask until I'm happy with the form and edge control. Dropping in a flat base colour provides a background on which to block out the main areas of colour, light and shadow. At this stage I begin to position areas of interest and add further colour.
Once I'm happy with a layout or a likeness, the final stages involve refining the work through the addition of detail. Often this involves creating or overlaying texture to add depth. Extra highlights and shadows are added separately at the end.