Right after I decide on the light I merge my layers. To create strong areas of contrast I darken areas in shadow that I know won’t change much in colour. Before merging layers, in so this generates texture and volume. Magic Wand to make selections in the wings, thence use the Gradient tool to create the desired volume. Actually, magic Wand, thence invert the selection and change a completely new layer enables me to suggest a secondary light source, and on top of that creates small highlights. I’m almost sure I create a loose sketch, as soon as I decide on the canvas size. I’m keen to add a range of decorative elements that are inspired by Art Nouveau, unlike my usual paintings.
i start inking on the new layer.
It’s now a flat area that amalgamates all separate volumes and unifies my work so far.
This layer acts as a ‘half tone’ and gives the image a similar look to 90s anime, that usually has three colour levels. Think that when an image is reduced to a thumbnail, or when you see it from a distance, like on a billboard after the road, it has about three seconds to grab the viewer’s eye.
In any style, it’s vital to master the basics first, when learning how to draw.