Right, on with Part 3 :-
Step Five – First Level Shading
Okay, this step is much like the last one. I’m now adding the adding shadows to the BloodMare, I’ve chosen a dark blue colour (not too saturated) and set the Layer Opacity to about 45%. The layer is a bit like an ink wash over the painting, and I darken large areas around the back, under the arms and legs while still retaining the form I’ve added in earlier steps underneath.
Step Six – Second Level Detail
This is where the steps get a bit more complicated and time consuming, as I continue detailing the painting but now with more precision and care. I’m focussing mainly on the chest and face first. I select the mid tone colours, and apply lighter, warmer colours. I’m also beginning to use finer brushes, and picking out certain areas with sharper edges and more detail than others (look towards the jaws, under the neck, and where the metal plates cut into the neck). For the armour, I add lighter, colder and less saturated colours. There’s also more more contrast between tonal levels on the metal, as it’s inorganic surfaces, and I want to really separate these elements from the flesh.
More Steps coming soon!