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Start building up details

It's time to start bringing out the highlight shapes, adding ghoul faces, refining character body parts, and so on (Fig.09). With all the strong red brown under-painting as a base, I start adding the complimentary colour to red, which is green, to bring the light out (Fig.10).

Fig. 09

Fig. 10

Add highlights and refine details

The painting is now nearing completion.  I focus on pushing the contrast of colours and values around the main character's head and chest by adding highlights.  Since this area of the painting is the focal point, I put my strongest value and colour contrasts here.  I've also added some splatters and grit.  At this point my focus is pushing the quality of the details in the areas in which I want your eye to focus.  I try to stay out of the shadows and do most of my work in the highlight areas.  This allows the shadows to blend more together and breathe (Fig.11).

Fig. 11

Add final details and colour adjustments

In the final stage I add the last little highlights and push the saturation of the colour to give more drama to the scene.  Even up to the end of the painting I am still refining details, such as the smoke out of the shotgun and the body parts.  All in all, this painting took me about 40 to 60 hours to complete (Fig.12 and Fig.13).

Fig. 12

Fig: 13

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