EDIT: I'm almost done YAY!!!
+ cameo appearance.
Just to give you guys an idea of simply how long it takes me to shade and stuff ...
I'm sure there are shortcuts that I'm not using, but I prefer my more "traditional" methods! c: I work in Corel Painter 11 (hopefully moving to 12 soon!), and my preferred tools are airbrush and pencil. To mimic traditional art, I like to use pencil (because it looks like colored pencils, which are my favorite traditional medium). Sometimes I use calligraphic brushes and paintbrushes, but usually I use pencil (especially when drawing anthropomorphic animals, because the pencil really works well for fur shading/blending).
I really love putting layer over layer of color ... it gives the picture lots of dimension, unlike simple gradient shading (which was how I used to shade).
You can kind of get an idea of what I'm talking about here.
In this picture, I'm working with three layers: Base color themes, lines, and the top layer (which becomes the main layer). I heap color onto the top layer, acting like it's the new "canvas," and that's where I put all my shading and stuff. Eventually I merge all of the layers together so I can clean up the edges and such, and make everything more fine-tuned.
... hope this was interesting! XD