There's several ways of starting a new picture. If it's for a comcbook like this one, it helps alot if the main story has been written..which I did last year. A new image can be sparked by a feeling or listening to rock or heavy metal music to mention a few things
The way I love the most is to paint a small part of something, and the expand the canvas and add stuff that fits here and there until You have a finished large picture in the end.
I've never been a sucker for lineart myself either...I hate being confined to those inked streaks I've had a few jobs where I had to color/shade lineart and it almost killed me...there's not much that can compare itself to the lovely smudge tool in PS
yeah you tell me...... i had some problems with it too. differen shades can make a corect lineart look really clappy and wrong! O_o Still searching for the right balance of it! Long live liquify and smudge tool!!! Yayyy! hahaha