Ah, thank you. Perhaps it will remain visible in the gallery when the site gets updated. IPA is tricky; you can piece sounds from a list, or you can look at component words' IPA pronunciations from a dictionary and piece those together.
Hey, don't worry about being experienced with it. When people I know talk about things like Paint Tool SAI, I have no idea what they're saying either.
I use pencil and paper for lots of stuff (like drafting the design, for example), but for this I used a tablet to draw directly into Photoshop. I make a sloppy layer where I lay out the composition, and then another layer where I do smoother line in just black. Then, on a layer underneath the lines, I do coloring and shading. It usually goes, top-to-bottom: Lines, Shading, Colors, Sketch (Hidden), Background.
For the lines, I use the most basic round brush with pen pressure on. I like to use the pencil tool on the coloring, which makes it easier to change later with the fill bucket. The shading is the same brush as the lines, with the dark parts being 75% gray and the light parts being 25% gray (since it interprets 50% as being the base level).
It's a combination of a few tricks I learned messing around in Photoshop. I put my color under the lines so that it doesn't get messy, and for the shading, I use shades of grey on an "Overlay" layer. That way, it picks the colors for you. It's a lazy, but also cool way to do it, I think.