This is a self portrait. It was also shown at the Society of Illustrators at the New Vision Show (Summer of 2015) and also at the Interchurch Center Gallery for The Enchanted Universe of Children's Book Illustrators (Winter of 2016)
When making a template for my paper cut pieces, there is still room for change as the piece come to life. I aim for clean lines in my drawing and sometimes will do a color mock, which tends to be very saturated. I still can change my mind based on what paper colors I have and what looks right.
When I have an idea, I sometimes scribble it on a post -it note before sketching it on paper. Then I'll scan it into the computer and draw it digitally so I have clean lines to work from.