I picked up a new technique at an artist demo during Blizzcon a few months back, and have been very happy with it! I thought I would share the result:
Step 1: Sketch
Step 2: Fill in three color levels (shadow, medium tone, highlight)
Step 3: Use the mixer brush tool to blend the edges of the color
Step 4: Add details/textures and polish
Step 5: Profit! (hopefully)
But seriously… check out the prints and merchandise at Society6.
This technique has saved me a boat-load of time. Most of my paintings prior to this one took several months to finish… this one took a week. Now, to be fair, this painting is much less complex than, say, “Steampunk Geisha,” but still, the time saved has been enormous, and I’m looking forward to doing many more paintings this way!
Original article from my art blog