I finally found the trick to more realistic shading on the computer. *glee!*
I couldn't wait for myself to finish the drawing so up goes the unfinished product in scraps. ^_^
In the final picture I plan to have her standing in the middle of a street in the pouring rain.
I also plan on shrinking her down a bit to give the picture a greater sense of openness.
EDIT: The dots in the upper left hand corner are all of the colors I have used in the picture thus far. I keep track of all the colors in case I need to go back and touch something up, and I find that the most conveniant way of doing this is to put them onto there own seperate "palette" layer within the picture itself.
Also, I have to give credit where credit is due. I didn't find the trick to shading on my own. I recieved a much needed push into epiphany from shading tutorials made by *real4fantasy
If you use PSP check them out.
has several more tutorials in her gallery. After nearly every work of art she makes tutorials to share what she has figured out over the course of her work. These tutorials include tip on subjects such as fabric shading, skin texture, and how to draw animal fur.
real4fantasy, you rock all socks!