Save, flat­ten and Color Bal­ance

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Make use of lo­cal colours

Us­ing dif­fer­ent Color lay­ers, I fill in the base colours of the rest of the fig­ure, such as her cloth­ing, jew­ellery and the whites of her eyes. I also add an Over­lay layer with a light orange to help lighten her shirt, be­cause I want it to draw the viewer’s at­ten­tion at first glance. I save her hair un­til last, so I can pick a shade that works best with the rest of the im­age.

Tweak the fore­ground colour

I’ll save a lot of the fore­ground paint­ing for after the ini­tial colour­ing process, but I want to choose the base colour be­fore I flat­ten ev­ery­thing. While the blue un­der­paint­ing will show through more in back­ground shad­ows, the cool colour feels a lit­tle jar­ring in fore­ground shad­ows. I add more lo­cal green to make them feel closer and prop­erly placed in the im­age.

Once I’m happy with the colours, I save a backup of the lay­ered file. I take a deep breath and… Layer>Flat­ten Im­age. This is an es­sen­tial part of my process while I try to get away from the su­per-smooth look of dig­i­tal art. When I paint on one layer, I’m forced to ap­proach it more like a tra­di­tional paint­ing. I use the Color Bal­ance tool to help har­monise the colours.

Fe­bru­ary 2015

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