Toning down the contrast
I’m nearly finished, but I need to make some general contrast changes. I feel there’s too much contrast in the shadow areas: at the start of my the painting process I strived for a clear contrast between light and shadow. But now I decide to use a big airbrush with an orange colour to go over all the shadow areas. Using one colour brings all the shadow areas together again.
I darken the background around her head to develop the contrast between the background and the hair, and enhance the glow using an Linear Dodge (Add) layer. I also paint colours on her dress where the sun’s shining through it. I add saturation where light hits a shadow, such as the area between the sleeve and the light on her shoulder. I also soften up some edges.