I've received numerous questions regarding my work process, especially for my FME series. I always found it hard to explain that I don't ever have a fixed process or approach, because quite simply, every image is different and might require a different combination or order of steps to make it both practical for me (i.e Time saving) to create and still generate ideal results without having to cut corners.
I hope this lineup helps explain how I work a bit better
Also, I often get asked regarding "How to achieve a style?"...so I'd like to share that I never feel 'Style', or Styling an image, is defined by a fixed process. Its always relative. Process is only a series of steps that can enable a style to be reached easier or faster, but by no means should be seen as a 'means to an end'. If you can effectively break down a painting or image into technical layers (just like a 3D software does!), it should be possible to recreate the same image given an infinite number of different approaches so long as you know what you're doing and understand how the layers of said image come together.
Just like in photography or 3D rendering, there are always more straightforward ways to achieve a particular visual effect; but if you know your basic principles, that SAME result can be derived from thousands of different combinations of processes-- especially useful when those original tools aren't available to you. So I guess the ideal mindset is to never limit yourself by assuming that there are only a few ways to do this or that style and get stuck when conditions are unfavourable-- when the answer is really just to learn and grasp the basic 'building blocks' of image-making and understand them well enough so you have the power to fully manipulate the work, and the freedom to choose how
you want to go about building your style, and achieving your end result.
The theory is-- It shouldn't matter how you start. Because if you know your stuff, you'll always end up where you want to go.