Secret Origin Time! Above to the left are the Thumbnails to a Superman cover. Since this image is most likely for a coloring book, the cover needs to be iconic and very kid friendly.
The editors settle on the first one but are concerned that the dark clouds and lightening could be kinda spooky and wouldn't fit as well with the younger market place. Understandable. I convince them that I can "make it work!". Will I be able to? I'm really not sure. It's something you really just say. More on that later...
I go in and do the pencils first by enlarging my layout and drawing over them loosely, and tightening things up as I go.
Next, I ink it up and go to color. After trying to "make it work", I decide it's best to offer an alternative to avoid more labor with corrections down the road. Sadly, I land up liking the version without the ligtening better. I think it's actually a bit better suited for the audience they're trying to attract. But, ultimately, it's not my decision to make. Time will tell. Or, in this case, two editors.