After putting in some basic colors I started looking for extra color coming from a secondary light source. I tried to Color Dodge some invisible ones at the sides and the foreground, but eventually came up with some sort of glowing plants that could be growing there. I felt it pushed the narrative and of the environment a bit more and it ended up pushing the warmth in the middle ground too (Fig.09).
We had another feedback moment at this point and it was pointed out that the illustration could benefit from some more color around her chest. Something I definitely agreed with, so I put some ripped off plants on there, further pushing the narrative.
I also mirrored the image one last time to check if everything was anatomically ok. Youâ€™ll see that I changed the face a bit at this point, because the mirrored image felt off. After that it was just a matter of adding more details, refining more edges and boosting (or toning down) colors and values (Fig.10).
I hope this tutorial gave you some new insights and things to think about. Always remember that art is a skill, not a trick. You can learn it if you persist and work at it. Donâ€™t make the mistake of building your house on quicksand. Learn about perspective, anatomy, color theory, art history, and the likes. You have a lifetime to do it. I for one will still be studying it with you when weâ€™re old, retired and drinking daiquiris in our studios.
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