Here’s one of my process I tend to use. I love sketching with a pencil on paper still. I even feel I get design ideas out more quickly this way, but I still change designs in photoshop if I have ideas that will help boost the design. Then I paint black and white to clarify the read of the overall design, composition and feel. Then I do a “quick” color pass and add “sparkles”. I didn’t do much paint over after that besides the teeth and little here and there. Then I go over it with clean up. I also have a Cockatrice study sketch. I was going for more Rooster approach. But I didn’t like them enough to move forward from pencil studies.