I begin rendering the face. The colours are fairly arbitrary – they’ll change many times before I’m finished. Sometimes I do all my rendering in greyscale before adding colour, but that’s pretty boring. Building up colours gradually generates more depth and gives the image more life. I was going to have a lot of insects crawling from her mouth, but abandon this for clarity.
Adding facial details
I begin to add more details – in retrospect, probably too early – to cloth and face. A colour scheme that I like is beginning to emerge. After some experimentation with the layer styles I come across a dark blue/metallic type of effect I like and stick with it for the moths. Somehow I managed to end up with over 200 layers by this point. I never claimed to be very organised!