Values come first
Values are more important than colour and I advise creating a black and white adjustment layer that you can flip on and off to check that they’re reading correctly. Everything is still very loose: I don’t want to commit to rendering anything out until I’m happy with the thumbnail. I still haven’t settled on the design and don’t like how evenly spaced the composition is.
Experimenting with the drawing
This is one of four or five different ways I try to mix up the composition. I hate how much ‘ floating head syndrome’ is happening and wonder if painting her neck in would help add some gesture. I start to wish I’d put more thought into the initial drawing. Repainting areas is tedious work, but ultimately good practice if you learn from your mistakes.