Step 3: The Detail Trap
I am now painting on a layer above my sketch.
It is so much fun to work on details in an illustration, and it is easy to get lost in doing so prematurely.
The first thing to focus on in an illustration is the large shapes. If the large shapes are not correct, no amount of noodling on details will save your artwork.
I got lost in the detail trap here.
I begin rendering her face, detail her ear and gills and render the hair.
Again, you should always focus on getting all your big shapes and rough colors in, before doing detail work.
This will save you time in the long run, as you run the risk of having to erase and repaint.
It’s so important to have a strong foundation first.