So, I hope this works. I have no idea how to work with flash and dA (actually, I have no idea how to work with flash at all) so bear with me if it doesn't. Finger's crossed!
Anyways, here's a walkthrough of my Neytiri painting. (The original painting is here: [link]
) It's not very detailed since I didn't take that many screenshots (these are all I have) but I hope it helps someone nontheless.
Some basic things:
Try to see the shapes you want to draw/paint. Compare the fifth image to the later ones and see how the shapes I thought I saw differed from the ones that were actually there. I actually rotated the canvas and flipped it upside down so I wouldn't be distracted but what I thought I was seeing.
I'm used to that from my traditional work, but colour is something new for me. With this painting, I just put down the colour I thought would fit and then adjusted the brightness, hue and saturation to what I saw in the reference. I'm not 100% happy (the right part of the face is too dark for example) but that's okay. I'm still learning.
Don't be afraid to paint over stuff you've already done. When it doesn't look right, change it
Now to the hair...
I started with painting the whole area almost black, the darkest shade there was in the hair. Then I put down the basic shapes with a midtone. I set the Opacity on Pen Pressure (like almost all the time) so I could also paint some very faint shapes in the background. Then I went over the whole thing again with a smaller brush size and lighter colour, adding details and single strands of hair.
It takes a lot of time but it was actually fun since the hair was really messy and I could just scribble around in some places and it still looked good
If there's anything else you want to know, please ask, I'm always happy to answer questions
I hope this is helpful to someone out there