Cre­at­ing colour vari­a­tion

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I brush in slight colour vari­a­tions to break up the flat colour: more red in the nose, ears and cheeks; some yel­low in the fore­head; slightly sat­u­rated greens in the jacket; and reds in the scarf. The pur­pose is to be very sub­tle. I don’t want to change the over­all colour – I just want slight vari­a­tion, to give the char­ac­ter an ap­peal­ing feel.

Layer ad­just­ments

Block­ing in the shad­ows

I set a new layer to Mul­ti­ply and think about a light source – the sun is light­ing my char­ac­ter from the front and top. I use a warm grey and paint in cast shad­ows and sur­faces that are point­ing away from the light source. It’s hard to get this right first time; I erase and try out dif­fer­ent shad­ows un­til it feels right.

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