pencils - sometimes i will do thumbnails of a page in my sketchbook, but most often i like to just dive right in once the strip has been written. i start by blocking out the lettering, so i know how much space i have left to draw in. this also allows for one final round of editing the text of the page. as i'm putting down the lettering, i think about what will be happening visually in each panel. i then pencil everything light and fast. lately i have had a lot of monologue based strips, so it is important to me that the characters perform some sort of action - for this strip since rimbaud is still out and about in the countryside i settled on catching a falling leaf.
inks - again, i start with the lettering and word balloons. like the panel borders, this gives me a sense of completion. then i go through the page and ink in the characters, and finally the backgrounds. once the pencils are erased, any inking mistakes are retouched with a whiteout pen, and its off to make a reduction at the photocopy place so i can fit it on my scanner to color in on photoshop.