Refining the Shield maiden
Now I focus on our intrepid heroine. I didn’t take a lot of time to refine her in the drawing stage, so here I’m taking the opposite approach as I did earlier, and drawing in all the cast shadows on top of a rough blob of colour. I’m using a stronger light source on her than most of the rest of the scene, to imply there’s a little bit of a break in the clouds to give her more direct sunlight without resorting to God-beams, which are the artistic equivalent of using italicised, underlined, bold text. With caps.