I didn't went through one tutorial specifically, but I looked at few to see how to paint skin, a few for details on the hair, eyes, I created some brushes based on the ones I saw... I was really preparing myself before I started :DD, so I could paint her without looking at tutorials while working... When you see some of the techniques, you can combine them with your style and approach and create something that's not exactly a copy of someone's work... There are still a few things I don't like - the skin's too soft, a little bit doll-like... But al least now I'm experimenting without tutorials, to improve my work ... You can find amazing tutorials on deviantART
Thanks for responding! =D I guess I'll need to just keep practicing. xD Only had my tablet for just under a month. But you're really good. The skin looks fine to me. Maybe a couple more darker, saturated reds for the cheeks, but it is still very very nice nonetheless. :] GRATS!