Worked on this via Photoshop CS3.
Total work time for Starfire was about 16 hours.
If you have any questions, just drop 'em below. I'll try my best to help you out!
Note: This isn't how I do every single picture, but the basics are in there. (Draft, draft 2, lineart, shade, color, sign.)
I should also say that this is not a deviation giving people permission to recreate this piece. Please go forth and create your own arts! Good luck!