Toughening up my character
The bright and saturated pinks are making the image look a bit too sugary-sweet for my taste, so I toughen the character up with some darker lips and a Maori-inspired chin tattoo. I also work on the face a bit more, using a textured brush to imply the pores of the skin. On top of that, I draw a couple of scales, softening the transition from the skin to the fins on her head.
Illustrate some accessories
The character’s accessories are only doodles, so it’s time to give them some attention. I paint a variety of shells and teeth: these are items she might have picked up on her travels. I don’t get too hung up on detailing these, because that would distract from the focal points. To achieve this, the brush strokes on the shells should generally be larger than those used on the face.