PROVING that I'm not dead! Here, have a glorified doodle.
I figure that if I'm going to spend bajillions of dollars getting a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, I might want to... you know, do some art from time to time. XD So here we go. I scanned in the different stages of the process up to this point, so while it's incredibly useless as a tutorial, hopefully it's an interesting look at how I do things.
(Not ALL the things. Just the things I actually intend to fully color and eventually post on the internet, or shove in a flatbook for my portfolio. Most of my drawings aren't nearly this work-intensive because I'm too impatient and too enamored with sketchy, gestural things.)
Some things I want to point out in case someone finds them helpful:
1.) Use thumbnail sketches. They're tiny, they're crappy, they're used to work out poses and composition. They don't take more than 30 seconds and they can do wonders for your work. (And you usually end up with like 20 different versions of them.)
--> What's the focus of your drawing? How can you make as many elements as possible point to it, or point to things that point to it?
2.) Use live models as reference whenever possible. (And holy God take anatomy classes because they're great.) If you don't have access to a professional model or can't afford one, maybe find yourself a mirror and use yourself as a reference. Photos can also work as good substitutes -- but be careful, it's easy to lose depth when working from a 2D image.
--> Where's the weight in this pose? What body parts are squishing, and which ones are stretching? Which parts can I NOT see, and should I worry about drawing them? (Sometimes you should, because they affect the rest of the body and you need to know where they are. Sometimes you don't have to, because they don't contribute anything. It's a judgment call.)
3.) Got a character in a fancy costume? Maybe spend a few minutes on Google Images doing some research. You don't have to get every cultural detail accurate if you're not doing a full-on historical piece, but existing peoples can give you really cool ideas for how her dress is cut or how his robes are meant to fold.
4.) If you scan something with the intention of coloring it and printing it off, make sure the DPI/PPI is set to at least 300. That way it won't look all gross and pixelated when you run it through the printer.