Fi­nal sketch and colour choices

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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!

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