Lots and lots of shortcuts! Which is anything that can get the job done faster. Like cropping a panel composition to make it easiest to draw. Or cutting steps out so your only doing 3 steps. Layout, pencils, inks. I used to do layouts with blue pencil, then go over it all and tighten shapes and background perspectives, then with an HB pencil I would go over it all again adding details, then finishing every line again with a 2B. Then ink. So 5 steps down to three, and with an inker, it still drops it to 3, since finished pencils is still finishing things off like inking but takes less time. When I ink myself I do layout, then loose finished pencils, then inks. A monthly comic artist is always on a quest for any and all shortcuts. It’s the only way to survive the insanity.
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