Umm this is the simply how I start a drawing in java.. ou can see the process with the animation, but this is just before all that shtuff :)
OK start off with a rough sketch with the pencil tool on the guide layer. doesnt have to be exact, but make sure your happy with the basic shape. :) Make sure to constantly look back at the ref picture so you don't make any MAJOR mistakes!
Next set your canvas colour. This saves alot of ink, and helps to not make your eyes bleed from the bright white screen of the canvas. So pick a smililar colour to the background or main colour of the picture your drawing from.
Now i start working on the background, MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON THE CANVAS LAYER!! if your on the guide, it will just come out grey..happens a lot.. I actually decide to change this later, the canvas colour was originally too dark so.. Once I changed the canvas colour too a lighter one, I started with the airbrish tool on the bigest size to get the slight gradient towards the edge..
Here you can see I changed the canvas colour to a lighter one and fixed up my sketch on the guide layer. His right (our left) shoulder was wrong, as well as a few other things..
Using the fill tool on 100% alpha, i fill in block colours of the picture. I also added a bit of definition with the pencil on black with 100% alpha. :)
Now seen as your guide layer doesnt save when you quick save or save as rmd file, now that i have some colour on the canvas SAVE SAVE SAVE! Save often as anything can happen, and I usually save in all 3 folders, just incase i mess up and use up too much ink on something that looks bad.
So yeah KEEP SAVING!!
Ok now i zoom in on my ref pic and start details, I nearly always start with the face.. but anyway I use the airbrush first on the face usually, the go over with fill tool or the other way around.. you get the idea.. ! :D
Then I move onto the body (wh8ch lucky for me wasn;t too hard on the eyes on this drawing.. :3) anyway just roughly getting in differetn skin tones. The mistake that is commonly made in skin colouring, is staying with a tone too similar all the time. Skin isn't always peach, or a basic colour, there are blues, and reds and yellow and greens and all sorts there too. The secret is too really look and compare with the ref picture constantly to get it right. Your not painting what you think skin should look like, your painting what you SEE!!
(hehe look at his hair.. AFRO!! XD)
Well this is my last step seen as in Java you can see all the rest of it..
I zoom out of my ref picture and drawing and put in basic tones again looking closely using the fill tool on low and high aplhas. First high round 100% to get main colours, then low and eyedropper tool too blend the colours,round 10% alpha.. and yeah then adding details and stuff!! You can see the rest on the drawing page..
Hope this helped even in the tinyest teenyest bit! ^_^ Now go and draw!!! >XD