Since I posted the grayscale version of “Heiress” last week, I thought it would be nice to show you how far I’ve come with the colors!
I think I mentioned before what a struggle it is to color over a grayscale layer. As you might expect, the grays make whatever color you paint over them more muddy-looking and dull. Luckily, I recieved some advice from zagiir, an artist on deviantART who has painted dragons using this technique. zagiir suggested I use an overlay layer filled with a warm, saturated color to help bring life and vibrancy back to the painting. And it worked! I used a nice apricot color over all the other layers, and now the colors POP. It does affect how the colors interact and look on the painting, but after some adjustment, I think I’m happy with the basic colors now. (Even if they aren’t what I originally intended.) I also added some blue undertones to the shadows to make them more realistic-looking. That helped a lot too!
After this, there’s still some work that needs to be done before I can say that “Heiress” is finished. Mostly, I need to blend the colors and adjust the lighting in some places. There are also a few small details that are bugging me that I didn’t notice when I first painted it. Luckily the hard part is over, and now it’s the fun part: Polishing until I’m satisfied!