How do you depict animals, flowers, people, landscapes, buildings. 
Look to history. No need to invent the wheel. 
Pintererst board with subsections where you keep a file of interesting ways of depicting subjects. 

Routine in place order in which you do things. A system for say an animal can look like this:
This will keep your layer structure tidy and also lets you avoid feeling overwhelmed
1. Basic shape filled with a color. 
2. Darker shapes
3. Lighter shapes
4. Details, (hair, features etc)

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