Please, hear me out.
My english is not that good so be patient...
I've been drawing since i was a kid, mostly sketches and rarely anything finished, since i never tried to paint anything at all i ended up with drawings that only thougt were ok
Here is an example of what i do, the anatomy and siluette is something that im ok with (even tho is not perfect, its my style and i am very pleased with it) the problem as you can see is the bad coloring technique.
i use photoshop 7 and at this moment i can't afford to upgrade to anything else, my method starts with drawing a rough sketch and then make a new layer that i outline with the basic color at %75, then i add the same color to the image at %50 using a soft brush, once the image is fully colored i select the lasso tool and choose what my shadows are going to be and then i use the burn tool at %50 and proceed to use thedodge tool to whatever areas need to be highligted.
As you can see is no masterpiece and i know i can do better, i hope you guys can critique my work and offer me some insight information on how to improve my skills.
this drawing took me exactly 38 minutes (and 4 coors light).
If theres somethng u think u can teach me please do so, i'm not proud of having a hobby that i don't enjoy due to the lack knowledge.
Thanks for reading this, Salud !!