1 Sketch and val­ues

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I sketch out an idea and then add de­tails, pay­ing at­ten­tion to com­po­si­tion, anatomy and de­sign. Then I cre­ate a du­pli­cate of my file (Im­age>Du­pli­cate) and merge the lay­ers (Cmd+ Shift+E). I in­crease the size of the pic­ture, mak­ing it no big­ger than 800px wide, so nei­ther my com­puter nor Pho­to­shop will lag. I paint the main shapes in greyscale.

2 De­velop a colour scheme

When I think the bal­ance be­tween black and white is cor­rect, I add colour to my sketch. My aim is not to have some­thing pre­cise, but to get the har­mony right. I limit my­self to three main colours, and then play with Sat­u­ra­tion. And to avoid be­ing dis­tracted by de­tails, I blur ev­ery­thing us­ing Gauss­ian Blur. This means I stay fo­cused on colours and com­po­si­tion.

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