For me this is where things begin to get interesting; the pencils. At this point I've done so much preliminary sketches that it seems to be already done, it's just a matter of making it visible. I do want to stress that the invention never stops, at every stage in the process there are surprises and things take unexpected turns.
I really like this picture. It has some pretty light hearted elements and some darker ones. It encapsulates everything about the story I want to get across.
This picture is done on Mayfair (I think) with 2B pencils.