Yeah. I'm stuck with Adobe CS3 soley...not that I'm complaining...I'm so much into the airbrush aspect of art, it's pretty much what I use for the most part. Maybe I should look into an actual art program down the line, just for the variety.
Airbrushes look much nicer, IMO. I much prefer them. It's hard to choose an art program though... I think I just got extremely lucky when I got CP9. It either came with my tablet or someone gave it to me--I've been using it for so long I don't even remember. They're on 10 now, and it's a fairly expensive program.
Yeah, that's the only problem; the expense. Sometime, I'm going to have to change my scanner, too. I am thinking about getting back into pencil drawings, but my scanner makes them look very much photoshop applications. even when I tweak the adjustments.
Sometimes I look at the sprite for Elysia and think to myself "Damn, that girl is white." It makes me happy that your interpretation of Elysia is less so. I might just have to filch your palette when I eventually update the sprites. xD
Haha, I came up with all of the colours on the fly, actually--glancing over the sprites of course. But in her case, yeah, needed the darker set of flesh tone and hair. Wing it, I did. It just made her look...the right warmth, I think is the phrase I want.