Man it has been a busy few weeks. Writing can really consume your time. I am sorry for the delay but here is part 2 of my step by step pieces.
My process here is pretty much the same as before, with some slight changes. Such as you can see between steps 6 and 7 I altered the colors from what I originally had. I used a colorize layer in Painter for this, I really really love the way it works. It allows me to change any color I want without altering the value. The only other significant difference that is seen is in the early steps where you can see I started off by planning out the highlight shapes. This helped me figure out how much contrast I would need in certain areas for focus.
Since the rest of the process is the same I will just quote myself for the rough explanation.
"I treat my digital work the same as I do a traditional painting. I start with a finished drawing then do a flat color wash as an underpainting. I also change the actual color of the linework as well, this I do in my traditional by tracing my drawing with colored pencils, or by printing out the drawing in a different color before mounting.
After that I roughly block in my colors and values, colorpicking from my original studies, it helps save lots of time.
Then I re-work and refine everything, make any appropriate changes until I finish. That is a very rough summation of my process but I figure it helps.
But if anyone has any questions about my process I will gladly answer them. I hope you find this informative."
I hope you enjoyed my process.