I normally start off with a sketch to get all the rough elements down and lay out the composition.

Color Blocking

I then add another layer where I just block in where I'll be painting. I try to stick to a midtone base color that will be a majority of the painting.

Colors Gradients

I start playing with gradient passes to make the colors more interesting and detailing parts that I want focus on.

Additional Color/Details

I push the colors more and continue adding details to the areas of focus.

Additional Color/Details

I smooth and detail out her hair, increase highlights, add color to her pupils, and add an ivy shawl so she's not so naked.

Additional Details

I detail out the flowers on her head and the ivy shawl surrounding her.


I finish by tweaking levels, color hues, saturations, and adding filters until I'm happy with the piece.