I like drawing pictures from stories and fairy tales, and the inspiration for this piece is the story of Snow-White and Rose-Red (unrelated to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves). It's a lesser-known fairy tale, but one of my favorites. For those of you not familiar with it, you can read it here: http://www.tonightsbedtimestory.com/snow-white-and-rose-red/
I used Sketchbook Pro and my Wacom Bamboo Capture tablet, both courtesy of the Instructables team, who awarded me a prize in the Halloween drawing contest. :D
Step 1: Character design
I don't really have a consistent method of drawing, but this time I decided to sketch out the characters first and try out a few different designs. The design I liked best for Rose made it through to the final product, but Snow changed pretty drastically.
Step 2: Rough sketches
For the first bit, I kept everything pretty vague and focused on positioning everything.
Step 3: Rough lineart
I then went over the rough sketches and tightened them up, adding details and such. I left the bear alone, because I was planning to draw him with a different technique than the girls.
I couldn't figure out what to do with Snow's hands for a while. I had wanted her to be touching the bear's fur, but I couldn't get that to work with the angle she was standing at, so I stuck some flowers in her hand... in the end she wasn't holding anything. Hands are always tricky for me. :-/
Step 4: Coloring Snow-White
For coloring Snow, I used PaintBrush 2 to lay out all the colors, then smudged them a bit with the Smudge Round Bristle Brush on low strength and opacity. I also used the Airbrush tool for some of the shading. Oh, and I tweaked the lineart a bit more while coloring, as you can see by the lack of flowers in her hand. :)
Step 5: Coloring Rose-Red
I used the same technique for Rose, though I spent a lot more time on her hair than I did on Snow's!