I feel like for most kinds of art, getting the sketch down right is one of the most important things. The way you plot and design your sketch would be the guideline you use when working on and making the final piece, even if its an unreadable mess to many. That made me curious. Since I know theres at least a few other artists on here I've got to ask: how sketchy are your sketches? Like do you start with the most scribbly figure and then slowly nail down the details in subsequent sketches before starting on the linework proper? Do you just make the base shape of your artwork on the sketch and go to town? Or do you not bother with the sketch at all? Personally I do two sketches in my digital work. The first is usually a messy figure meant to plot down where all the limbs and sides and proportions are. The second is a refined sketch, where I draw the actual details and features of that character over the first sketch. If the figure is very detailed or the previous two attempts were still too messy I try again with a third. Once thats all done I actually start on the linework.