Well, as I promised, here it is. Here is how I created The Stars Above. It goes similar to a comic, right, then down.
1. I drew it on a piece of paper with a mechanical pencil and a few references for their faces and position. Time: Approx. 1-2 hours
2. I cropped it in Gimp and proceeded to draw a thin outline using my mouse and the default paintbrush. Time: Approx. 2-4 hours
3. I made the background white so it was easier to work on, and adjusted James' eyes. (They were a little too big and farther up on his forehead.) Time: Approx. 5-10 minutes
4. In the process of coloring, I had a dilemma with his shirt. I was deciding whether the primary color would be Growlie or Victreebel. Growlie seemed more formal, but I thought Victreebel "suit"ed his personality more. Yes, I know. Bad pun. Time: Approx. 5 minutes
5. I decided on yellow, then finished coloring. At first I would be tracing against the outline, but then I found the tool where you can select a certain space. However, when I did this, I also had to Select->Grow by one pixel each time to line it up correctly (this doesn't happen in Corel. Yay!). I believe the tool was Magic Wand. Time: Approx. 3-5 hours
6. I shaded and highlighted. Again, I would use the mouse until I discovered another tool (I learned a lot about Gimp as I worked). I could select a region with Magic Wand and then there was extra options for the lasso tool (which I was using) to where you can select a region inside
the current selection. I was so happy and it cut the rest of the time in half! Also, I changed a few aspects on this step, such as Mew's eyes and the shape of James' forehead (I know it sounds weird, but his forehead was too square . . .). Time: Approx. 4 hours when doing James, then after finding tool: Approx. 2 hours for Jessie
7. I added a background I made and a bubble for Meowth. Also a few parts such as their reflection. Time: Approx. 30 minutes
8. I completed the finishing touches like the ball of light and faded faces. Time: Approx. 15 minutes
There you have it. This project took around 13 to 18 hours. Whew! I didn't realize!
Have a great day!
P. S. I have a drawing to scan in, I'm almost finished with another project, then I have a contest painting to submit. Working on it! But I also have homework over spring break . . .