I configured Painter for my needs, switched on the layer Preserve Transparency function, to feel free with the rough shading and colouring in selected layers, and then setup the paper. My favourite tool is the Round Oil Pastel. Pastel interacts with the paper and gives gentle colour shading. My personal favourite canvas is a basic paper, but it is slightly more granular than I needed, so I reduced the texture size of the paper to 60-70% and decreased the contrast to 35-40%. What I like most about Painter is the fact that the colours you’re using interact with the layers below, and you get very nice shading and don't need to use any blenders.
At this stage I did some quick shading of all forms, and got the basic colour accents (Fig.03). The light comes from the right and is focused on her face, so I had maximum accentuation in this part of image. I painted the lips with bright red lipstick – a bright colour to add further accent to the face.