The first step of most people who learn drawing is character. The reason is very simple, most drawing on this century is concentrating on character, and most customers do not focus on background.
However, background is a very important factor on a drawing. I will share about background when I am good enough on it. Here I'd like to share the process on character design.
Let me introduce our guest, everyone know her, Hatsune Miku (初音ミク).
On character design, background setting is much more important then face or cloth.
Hatsune Miku is the most successful Virtual Idol on this planet. I won't add any other things on it, I will show you only Miku with a pose.
●骨架 Doll Draft
First is doll model. Center line can help cloth design. Be careful on body ratio.
About pose, I suggest to do few times by yourself. Otherwise, you may draw impossible or unbalanced pose.
○身體比例 Body Ratio
身體最常見的比例錯誤，在胸下和上腹的藍色位置，其次就是肩至胸和腰太短的黃色位置。About body ratio, draw body first, arms and legs later. It will be better to draw arms and legs by using body as meassure.
The most popular miss on body ratio is the blue area, under chest and upper abdomen. The second miss is too short on the yellow areas, shoulders to chest and waist.
●裸稿 Naked Draft
After doll draft made, draw a naked draft on it. Draw the contour on it.
Draw clothes, hair, face on it. Please draw anything behind the character(e.g. hair), you may use new layer to do this. For traditional drawing, please draw very light for things behind character.
●原稿 Final Draft
After design completed, make a final draft. Then a mono draft is finished.
●色草稿 Color Draft
Color draft is for testing color. I suggest to do this step. If composition is too complicated, color harmonizing is the important part. Color draft can let you find errors much earlier.
Then depended on you. You may make a under drawing and line art. You may also paint on this directly.
"Method, not right or not, but suitable or not."
Every drawer has his own method, please learn more from different drawer and try hard. Finally you will have your best method!