Final sketch and colour choices
Next, I erase all the lines that I feel aren’t helping the sketch, and then I add more details. I don’t draw lines for most of the hair because it’s easier to block in hair directly, by painting its outlines and then filling it in with another colour. I assemble my colour palette on the bottom of the canvas. Note that the image will turn out slightly different to what these colours might suggest, because of all the adjustment layers that I’ll add towards the end of the painting process, to make the image pop.
Colour block-in stage
I block in some basic colours with a Hard brush on three layers: orange on top, followed by purple and then blue. I like to keep my layers as simple as possible. It also helps when I’m creating selections of certain areas, for speedy paint-overs!