I kind of made this in response to someone’s comment that they would never be able to do this. I think it’s just a matter of not knowing where to start???
I’m still learning myself… very very slowly, but if it’s something you’re interested in, here’s the current process I’ve currently been attempting.
1) But you start out with a sketch:
More under the cut. :)
2) Make new layers for the eyes and hair (and clothing if you’re doing that.) The sketch goes on at the very top so you can use it as a guide.
3) Plop down the colors on the skin layer.
4) Keep adding more colors for shading on the skin layer. Ideally you should be using a brush that partially blends here. Otherwise just blend manually.
5) Occasionally HIDE the sketch layer to see how the image is progressing!
6) Hide the skin layer or not—it’s up to you. And on the separate eyes layer, color those in.
7) Because of my brush settings, things on old layers will blend together, so I make a new layer every time I want to add a new item, such as eyes or hair or highlights. It also allows you to move these things around later if you’re indecisive.
8) Altogether here’s how it’s progressing—with and without the guidelines.
9) Add the hair on a new layer. Use the hair to hide the parts of the skin color that sticks out past the outline.
10) Go back to the skin layer to start defining things like the chin and neck and so on. Go back to the hair to define that with more strands.
11) At this point it’s all up to you. Add more colors? More layers? Change the background? Whatever you want!
Hopefully this was a bit helpful.
It’s honestly very fun, if frustrating v_v