A step-by-step walkthrough of my process of drawing on RMD, broken down into nine steps. There are many tips included along the way.
I always ALWAYS draw/paint the background first, except for when I plan for no background ĖI usually end up adding one anyways- That way you donít have to be uber-careful and color around your subject later. =p You can slap them on without worrying about how to put the background behind them later. Choosing the canvas is important. They save a lot of ink when used correctly according to what type of background you have.
Continue with the background, remembering to switch the guide layer off and on often to compare. In the end people are only going to see your canvas layer. Make that the priority. I usually use low opacity and a lot of airbrush when drawing the background. That way It doesnít drag attention away from the subject in the end. Also, it looks more natural this way~ background is always more blurry unless youíre using a special camera filter. =____=U
Now I start outlining. Iíve put down all the base colors and shaded everything, so itís fine now. I use the straight line tool for most parts, because it makes cleaner lines, and I almost always line while magnified, because Iím a detail freak and itís easier that way. xP In some places, itís better to use the freehand line, like a curve.
Another important point is that sometimes thereís no need to line certain places. If the contrast of the two colors that are next to each other is high, then thereís no need for a line. Itís easy enough to distinguish the separation. I use a much darker shade of the inside color for all my lines. It gives it a more natural look than the traditional black line.
The details, like the bandage and the mouth here go on last, for the same reason why the background is drawn first. I line these VERY carefully, with straight lines at all times and dark lines (compared to the object itís lining.) This is all to make sure that people can make out the details and donít get confused by messy, jagged lines.
If this is a recent drawing, or if you think youíll revise it later, just save it for later editions. Donít bother saving if it only has a few % ink left, though. You canít change much with that little ink. In this case, Iím not too happy with the results so I saved it.
In this last sceenshot shows the guide layer on again. Iíve left it hidden for all the shading, and only used it to check the placement of things. I change a lot of stuff from sketch to finish. ^^; The most obvious thing here is probably the ears. I moved them down his head a lot, because the original placement looked nothing like where his twin brotherís ears are.