I usually allocate a good portion of time to painting hands. They are detailed and necessary to get right. I’m using my own hands as a guide, which explains why these are looking particularly soft for a barbarian. Pay careful attention to colour – even Mr Beefcake here with his olive complexion will have lighter coloured palms and redder tones towards the fingertips.
Research your fish
Technical details are important – when I get them wrong, I inevitably meet someone knowledgeable who gets hung up on the inaccuracies. I know little about fish; the only ones I’ve put in my mouth were cooked at the time. I look at a lot of pictures but I like the shape of the fish in my sketch best, so I use my research just to add some authenticity. Fish experts, please do not email.