Akemi Ito is a fantastic Illustrator I met in the Canada West SCBWI. She has a wonderful way with expressive characters and beautiful colors. I asked her on my blog today to share her process with you. I hope that this inspires you, and if you have any questions please ask them in the comments!
The image is done with watercolor, white poster color, sumi calligraphy ink and masking fluid.
1. Draw the background roughly with a blue colored pencil. Apply masking fluid over characters and parts of the background where you want to have some special effects, or different color values.
This is the artist who inspired me a lot on Youtube. I am also taking her online class at the moment. https://www.youtube.com/user/storibeart