I thought I'd start off my blog with a series of process pics all leading up to the finished BB King painting. I usually start with a tight sketch like this. First, I'll find a few different images to draw from. Hands from this pic, head from that pic, sign from that pic, etc. Then I look for a line of motion to exaggerate. As always, trying to give the piece some motion and lead your eye through the piece. Once happy I'll start the second step.