First of all, I don't use more than who layers when the image is not complicated, like in this one. There are only two layers here: The background and the figure.So here are some tips:
I start with a sketch. (seen in the first picture
) It is not always clean like this one, and it doesn't really matter. The sketch has been colored flatly.
Then what I do is to basically start painting over it. (seen in the second, third and fourth pictures
I kind of redraw the lines using a reddish color and start shading bit by bit.
The light source is important. Look how hair is so white on the right and dark on the left.
What I did in the last stage
is playing with the colors by using a layer in soft light mode. I don't know how to explain this one, I need to a complete tutorial for it. But the ones who used that before can understand, so I thought I should mention.If you have a tumblr... Well... >> My Tumblr <<