I’m not entirely sure you would call this a valid process since I am not a very methodical person when I draw (which I do regret).
(I’ve drawn 3 thumbnails very quickly to illustrate what in the world I’m talking about in the following paragraph. Please mind the rough and tired rendering! ~o~)
For landscapes I usually have a general idea of what kind of setting I want. With that I just lay down splodges with a thick brush with a very limited palette of colours, trying to find shapes and composition. After this I just take my time adding details, usually sticking to the dark tones before I add the lighter ones for lighting and such. I like to start with just one layer so that I won’t have the tendency to hesitate quite as much, but once I’m done picking the location of all the objects I start creating layers for each of them, or even just for when I’m adding something that I’m not entirely sure of. Also, I tried to keep an open mind about changes. Keep attached enough to your work to keep doing it (still working on that one :P) but not too attached to the point of not moving forward due to being scared of editing it!
One last thing, that is actually the FIRST… damn it. I don’t do this enough, but prior to starting the forest background I posted, I looked through pictures of forests and also background paintings by other artists (lots of Bambi) just to get my inspiration flowing. Don’t look at painting as much as photos though, if you feel like you’re too easily influenced! Best to study real photos and adapt them to your own vision. c:
Hope that made sense, I’m sootired. I really appreciate your question and I’m glad you like my background work! Still a skill with much progression to go through! c: