|Main Painting and Details|
Now it's time to detail the whole image. I already had a lot of detail in the cleanup line art. I put the line art layer on top with Layer Mode set to multiply and lower the opacity to 50 percent. I go on painting and lower the opacity again till I don't need the outlines anymore.
It's a good method to get rid of the lines easily. Once I’ve defined the silhouettes of the characters on a separate layer, I use the "lock transparent pixels" function.
That way, I can add details on the character easily without painting over the character border.
I had a lot of good critics and feedback during the Challenge. I think it is very important to be flexible. When something does not look right, just paint over it and try to do it better. I was desperate because I couldn't make the deer look right and needed six attempts before I was satisfied. For elements like the deer, the forest ground or the leaves, I often search for reference pictures on the net. It helps me a lot and you add details where you normally would stop drawing.
Especially when you don't know how certain things look, I highly recommend using reference pictures. You'll learn a lot from them.
During the whole painting process I also worked on the composition and changed the size relations between the characters and the image format to improve the dynamic and the depth of the image.