I intended to have the character holding a lantern, but you’ll see that the pose of her hands has changed. The lantern is ditched and instead, her hands become the centre of the golden threads and the light source becomes ambiguous. I don’t like to change a pose midway through, but I think it’s better to address elements that don’t work, even if that means repainting areas.
The painting is progressing nicely, but the centre of the image is looking a little empty. I want to add more brightness and I decide to go with some floaty, semi-transparent dress sleeves. I find it best to paint these in normal Opacity and then softly erase/reduce the Opacity, which creates the see-through effect. I’m adding in a rim light around the edges to make sure they still stand out, though.