A year ago, I experimented with different illustration styles and media. I decided to try an anime style, despite never admiring anime too much.
However, I did the research, and saw the different styles. I liked the one with the semi-realistic figure, but different facial features. So I tried it.
The outline was drawn in pencil on paper. The color was done in Photoshop. I added some tints and tones to give my image more dimension and not all flat colors.
I also changed some colors of what I really had. For instance, my hair was not blue or purple (whatever you may call that). The stripes on my dress were not sea green, either. Everything else, however, was the same color.
The strengths I experienced were drawing by hand and coloring in Photoshop. The weaknesses were trying to achieve an anime style. Since I never went crazy over anime, the style might not match what anime fans would expect.
However, I appreciate how I expanded my horizons out of my drawing comfort zone and tried something different. That is how we all improve our skills and talents.