The painting has begun to look too plastic and textureless, so I use some textured brushes with Color Dynamics enabled to allow for some happy accidents to occur. I’m looking for eyecatching temperature effects and colours that will vibrate next to each other. It’s not always necessary to aim for realistic or plausible – things don’t always have to make sense.
Colour in the darks
I remove unwanted blacks and add some dark saturated accents to the bottom of my value range, using Saturation and Lighten layers. These colours don’t jump out when the painting is in black and white, which tells me the value is correct. I like the effect this gives, especially on translucent materials such as hair: it gives the impression of light glowing through them.