For this new game, I've decided to create all character arts entirely by hand using ink and watercolors. I don't have much experience with watercolors so while the result is not perfect, the handmade process gives a warm, personal feel to the characters.
Step 1 :
Sketching with a 5H pencil
Step 2 :
Finishing up the sketches with a HB pencil
Step 3 :
Inking. I retrace on a new piece of paper using my light-table and Faber-Castell PITT artist black ink pens.
Step 3b :
Step 4 :
Adding a bolder outline.
Step 5 :
Before coloring, I scan the drawing and reprint it on 60 lb paper, which will hold watercolours much better than a simple 20 lb piece of paper. For skin tones, I lightly apply three different colors using watercolor pencils and then blend it with a small brush and water.
Step 6 :
Finally, I apply the last colors using Caran D'Ache's Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels and blend it again with a small brush and water.
Final result :