It's done mostly in pencil. I drew the original in graphite (and some ink) fav.me/d52t471 then I scanned it, tinted it digitally, and printed it out on watercolour paper. Then, I coloured/shaded over it with coloured pencils, a bit of Copic, and some gouache. Then I touched some bits up digitally because the scanner killed it. xD
I've been doing so much digital recently though, I've really been missing traditional art. :/
Yeah, but I love it so it's didn't seem like much work at all. xD I actually came across the printing out on new paper tecnique in an artbook, forget which one. xD But it's what worked best for me, so I stuck with it.^^ aaaand.....I think it took somewhere around 4 - 5 hours? Not sure, All I remember was it was one sitting. xD Hahah I generally get pretty lost in my art when I draw something more than a sketch, so I'm not entirely sure of the time.
I have the same problem with getting lost in art-land sometimes I spend days in there and dont come out until I'm finished o.0 I imagine the really bad movie 'click' when I get lost I'm just a mindless zombie until I return to the real world XD All sense of time just vanishes.
Its a cool way to do it, I suppose the watercolor paper is so the printer ink wont smudge or bleed when you copic over it? Or do you just like the texture of the paper?
And yes, it's for both, I guess. It prevents bleeding, smudging, and warping. I do like the texture, though I use coldpress, so it's smoother than some. But, it's mostly for the warping. Because ink, copic, and even coloured pencil tend to warp paper, or worse, rip through it with a lot of use. :/ (And, with my luck, it rips right on an important part of the face or hands. orz) I aslo like how thick it is, doesn't flop around. xD It feels much more 'finished' when you're done.