Bring­ing in more de­tail

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An easy way to show de­tails, such as the trim of her lit­tle pouch, is to draw us­ing solid colours first. The Layer Ef­fects op­tion en­ables me to add shad­ows and shad­ing to this block-out with­out paint­ing them. I use In­ner Shadow and Drop Shadow for the trim. I make sure that the colour and an­gle of the shad­ows matches the scene and my light­ing scheme.

Mak­ing use of lay­er­ing and over­lap­ping de­tails

Se­lec­tions are a key part of my paint­ing process. For the de­tail on her torso I draw the pat­tern with­out any per­spec­tive and then copy and mir­ror it, be­fore ap­ply­ing it on her body. I then use the Trans­for­ma­tion tool to make it fit her body. I no­tice that the rib­bon isn’t en­tirely read­able, so I add another knot. This tech­nique of lay­er­ing and over­lap­ping ob­jects helps to make the paint­ing more vis­ually in­ter­est­ing and cre­ates depth.

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