The one thing that is always key in my work flow is preparation...thumbnails, rough sketches, video reference. Taking the extra little bit of time to think through the shot or action needed saves tons of time on the back end when you're keying.
For me it's quicker to sketch out simple shapes to test silhouettes, line of action and reversals then trying to jump right in to the software. I don't use an exposure sheet but I do time out my actions so I have that written down along with my thumbnails. I go in and make notes on how I want the arcs to move in my transitions. Once I have this basic blue print I can go in and make a straight on pass. I try not to worry about editing myself until I'm done with this first pass and can take a look at it as a whole.
Guest Blogger Matthew Russell