Last-minute light­ing ef­fects

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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

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