I am given the script or story to read with a brief for the number of illustrations. Sometimes they are specified, sometimes it is left open to me.
I use my imagination to interpret the action in whatever manner I see the situation. This can be humorous, sociopolitical, racial, NOT RACIST, pictorial, virtually anything.
Often illustrations are worked from a series of images which are rearranged into an original piece of work.
The more information the client supplies means less research time and maintains a fee within the budget.
Some times I offer additional ideas to the specification. These are bought in addition to the agreed fee.
Roughs are emailed to the client and we agree the ideas before they are finished for publication.