Panda, u so good huehuehue.
Anyway, it's exactly as she says. I always tell people to start on vectoring chibis because they are very simple (I
don't know if it works, honestly but they are as simple as art can be and cute, so just my personal opinion from my own
experiences). I do say the same for normal drawings. In a way, it is similair or about the same amount than a head but
much less complex and much less to worry about. Not to mention, you can get used to "playing around" to
develop your own style. It is also really hard to fail at chibis since they are already deformed a lot.
Aside from that, it is important you work on your control of the pen tool. If you can or have illustrato r(it is not a
must, personally it is really easy/simple to vector with) I personally suggest using it or atleast try to and see which
you are more comfy with. It really makes a lot more sense to use the pen tool properly to the point that I never figured
it out in Photoshop (I tried, didn't look up or anything, felt bad and went back to illustrator).
Anyway, make sure you can make proper lines, make every single line be the way you want. Otherwise, I say practice! It
may take a while. You could even just try vectoring simple things or make simple shapes to get a hang of it. The chibis
are for when you have it a bit under control.
As far as shading goes. Always go base, shadows, highlights for beginners. Once you can do this all with your pinky,
then go explore and experiment in differnt styles, more shades. As a little extra for beginners on colouring. You COULD
try adding a little gradient to every shape to add a little extra.
Keep the outlines one-coloured. You need perfect control of how vectoring works to get that coloured with different
colours and gradients. Although, its a matter of layering properly. Personally, a frustrating job.