I chose Blaziken because, let's face it, he's pretty awesome. Also it's a Pokemon I like that hasn't been done by Arvalis before and I haven't drawn him to death like the others. (Golduck)
I always felt like blaziken reminded me of Secretary Birds, or Bearded Vultures. If you have heard of these before I highly suggest looking them up, not only are they beautiful birds, they are fascinating. Secretary birds are known for crushing the skulls of their prey with their feet, and Bearded Vultures actually smash the bones of their prey to bits in order to eat them. Seems like a perfect fit for Blaziken!
Once I had this figured out it was time to start fleshing him out. Usually I'd be less careful here, just clean up what I had done previously, but following closer to Arvalis' work I decided to try a cleaner approach to line art.
Now here I started using masks. For those new to digital art I cannot understate how useful masks are, and I feel I should really use them more than I currently do, however for this, with this detail it worked out perfectly, allowing me to plaint without worrying about keeping it clean.
As you can see it really allows you to keep your work clean.
Now here I just started using orange paints on overlay layers to give off the light from the fire wrists, countered with a dark purple/blue for the shadows for colour balance.
Now don't be afraid to play with the levels or the colour balance, these things show flaws in your work and allow you to quickly correct them. Just be sure to pay attention to what's going wrong so you can better learn from it.
As you can see the previous image had far too much warmth, the blue allows more attention to focus on the fire and makes the character stand out more.
And now we have the final product.