|(Click twice on the picture to view larger versions.)|
On a new layer I then airbrushed a dark cool tone over everything except the figure and the desktop, which has the effect of bringing up the glow of the papers and their light source still more. As a last touch on yet another new layer, I added a mist of gold emanating from the drawing surface and reaching to the face, like light on tiny motes of airborne dust.
A few posts back, I mentioned that I had the pencil drawing layer always available in the Photoshop layer stack, above all the painting layers. I could turn it on and off to check detail, perspective, and anything else I had first deliniated in pencil. Just for fun, here is how the final painting looks with that layer turned on:
|Final with pencil drawing overlay turned on. Click on picture for larger view.|
As you can see, this layer, useful as it was, now adds nothing to the painting except a degree of darkness and loss of saturation. Everything I wanted from it I have transferred into the painting, which was my intention from the start.
And so it's finished, I thought. And yet...
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