Ap­propi­ate brush types

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For much of this paint­ing I’ll be us­ing my long-favoured chalk brushes. I like to paint with some­thing that’s fairly sharp or has a bit of tex­ture to it; I tend to steer away from air­brushes for paint­ing char­ac­ters in par­tic­u­lar. I feel things end up a lit­tle too muddy with air­brushes. How­ever, us­ing a large brush on an Over­lay layer above the fig­ure is a good way to add soft light­ing.

Layer or­gan­i­sa­tion

When it comes to lay­ers, I take the view that the fewer, the bet­ter! But it’s im­por­tant to ap­proach each paint­ing in­di­vid­u­ally and with this one, there are sep­a­rate el­e­ments that I’ll want to tweak and move around through­out the paint­ing, such as the char­ac­ter, wings and gold sec­tions. It’s much eas­ier to keep them on their own lay­ers rather than chop­ping things up af­ter­wards.

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