I know, I know. I skipped a few step. LOL!
I was just really into this piece last night and then again this morning I didn't want to stop to save out the couple of processes I did. I can always turn those layers off to show the work. In a nutshell here is what I did:
- After the previous step I used a soft brush (Brian Allen's Soft Watercolor brush to be specific) to create hi, mid and low tones in the picture. I did this directly on the Color layer (which is under the shadow layer).
- NOTE: after I finished this stage I thought it best to lower the opacity of the shadow layer. I ended up putting it down to 58% opacity.
- Next I used a soft airbrush set to 60% opacity and added in the lighting that was coming from the streets below and atmospherically from as you can see from the sky background. This is done on a layer below the Shadow layer.
- Next I created a layer for specular hi-lites over everything. I really like using this Waxy Pencil Brian Allen has for hard lights. It provides a lot of texture and blends nicely, when needed.
- Added a layer for SFX, but only spots I needed it for were Batman's eyes and I needed it for the glow from the city lights onto the sky background. It provides the evidence for the orange hi-lites I rimmed the figures with.
- The final thing I did to make the colors look more cohesive and keep the night feel of the picture was to place a layer on top of everything and fill it with a purple from the sky palette I had been using throughout. I then turned the opacity way down to 18%.