In lieu of exciting new things to show you, I bring you... my mind! I finished a commission this week, and will now share how it went down.
1. "Well, it's for a Megaman RP. Could you draw a dark-magical-girl robot carrying her adopted eleven-year-old girl piggyback? I made a few images from an online face generator, if that helps."
So this is the part where I rough out a design for the robot character, since the human looks pretty generic, and try to think up some spiffy poses.
2. "Looks great! Just remember, she's pretending to be a dark magical girl... very dark. Kind of inspired by Fate Testarossa. I like the pose on the upper right, I feel like it really captures their character. Also, I know Megaman characters have huge feet, but I'm not really into that."
Sweet. I mourn the shoes briefly, and then start drawing. I only adopted this method recently, and mostly because of animation - grab cheap paper, sketch something out, flip it over, and then trace using a lightbox. (Repeat as necessary.) The robot's legs and the kid's head were really troublesome. I finally get it to a place I like, and then ink on Bristol board.
3. By this point, I am feeling pretty good, so I scan it in, fix up any goofy errors, and start coloring.
4. BAM. I have no idea what happened. Why are they in space? Don't ask me. I mean, you could, but I have no idea.
"I love it! But actually, the girl is multiracial."
Approved and paid! I originally meant for there to be more obvious dark-magical-girl elements (the ribbon was a nice start), but ended up favoring a sleeker look. Also, purple and pink.