First I start with a very loose sketch my trusty mechanical pencil. My goal is to get a general placement of the elements, I really don't worry about any details at they point.
To expedite the sketching process, I go straight into the ink with my copic multi-liners.
I hit the areas I know will be in full shadow and draw in some of the more complicated patterns and details.
I further refine elements and feel at this point that I want to knock the background out.
I filled in the sheet with Golden high fluid Acrylic gold. I love this stuff it has great reflective properties and a nice warm gold tone. I left the sketch at this point but I think I may refine it further int he future when inspiration arises.