Hey, and I'm glad you like it. I use to use my small Bamboo tablet, like with the Doctor Whooves pic, but for this one I use my Cintiq. Truthfully, I'm still relatively new to coloring, too, in that I haven't done it that much and I'm red/green color blind. The way I go about choosing my colors is lots and lots of reference material and the eye dropper tool if I'm not sure about a certain color. A lot of people first render their image out in grayscale first then put flat colors onto (which I'm going to try on my next one) by I treated this as if it was actual oil or acrylic paints. Dark to light with lots of color layering.
I have a special brush I use as my main tool got from a friend with hardness set to 50%, opacity to 30%, flow to 36%, and spacing to 24%. This lets you build up the layering where value is concerned and also gives the image a nice textured painted look. To smooth it out a bit, reduce the hardness to 0% and spacing to about 15% and lightly go over it.
I use Photoshop CS5 and when I add on to it, most of the time it stays on the same layer (master layer), but then eventually turns into several. top lighting that pulls everything together is on a separate layer set to overlay or soft light.
Hi. Love your art very much. I'm very new to digital and am struggle quite a bit to wrap my head around certain principles, particularly the color blending process. I've tried lots of approaches, but I just can't seem to get the desired effect. How specifically do you blend the colors together to where the transition lines almost disappear, giving the image a lovely smooth look (especially in the face)???