Last-minute lighting effects
I love the effect that happens when light becomes refracted by waves in the water. I meant to add it in this painting, but knowing that it was best to wait until everything else is rendered completely, I almost forgot about it until now. Luckily, I had it written down on a to-do list. I also add some specular highlights on the skin and cloth, to make them appear wet.
Some finishing touches
I paint some water drops all around, tying the figure into the background and adding a bit more movement. I gently blur some areas in the background that appear too sharp using the Smudge tool. After this, I take a break and don’t look at the painting for a while. When I return, I have an easier time spotting anything that still needs work before calling it finished. July 2016