Are you interested in seeing how a little illustration is done between Illustrator and Photoshop? Follow along...
I start with a line drawing in Illustrator and copy and paste into my Photoshop file.
In Photoshop I start using the paint bucket tool and get basic color into each of the shapes.
I select each shape and start to add some airbrush color as shadows and highlights.
Then we can start to add texture with acrylic brushes in a large size.
With a smaller brush, and my Wacom Tablet, I start adding some fur texture and with a larger airbrush, I add the cheek blush.
I go back to the larger acrylic brushes in about a 20% opacity and soften things up a bit. Then use a very small airbrush diameter and add the whiskers.
I add a drop shadow and feel the little mouse is kind of lonely out on the page by himself...
So I add some flowers on new layers above and below the mouse layer. Fun stuff!