Coloring the Hair
After outlining the figures and filling the body colour, I painted the hair. I filled the hair with a base colour, in the image I used ‘black’ and then to draw the hair strands, I used a hard round brush with 3px diameter and control ‘pen pressure’ to stroke each path that I made with the ‘pen tool’. I used 3 layers for Radha’s hair and 4 layers for Krishna’s hair. In each layer I made several brush strokes and then applied gradient to the layers individually.
For Krishna’s hair I used the gradient
and for Radha’s hair I used the gradient
Making the Peacock Feather and Flowers
After colouring the hair, I painted the flowers, leaves and the peacock feathers. For the peacock feather I used hard round brush with diameter 1px and made random lines on a layer, then made another layer and made even more lines with the hard round brush, this time with the diameter 2px. I then applied two different gradients to the two layers and also applied inner shadow to one of them.
After this I painted the flowers and the leaves and played with the colours and gradient to finally decide the best one.
Painting the Dress
And then I started to draw the dress. First I traced the outline of the dress with a hard round brush and applied ‘gold’ colour to it. I then turned on the background layer.
Note: You can apply colour to a brush stroke by using the ‘blending option’. You can either use the ‘colour overlay’ or the ‘gradient’ tab to add any colour or gradient to a brush stroke. (To get the ‘Blending Options’ dialogue box, right click on the layer and select “Blending Options’ from the menu).
I then coloured the dress. I selected Pink, Violet, Blue and Green for Radha’s dress and Orange, yellow and brown for Krishna’s. To apply colour to the selected sections of the dress, I traced the path with the ‘pen tool’ and selected the area keeping the feather radius ranging from 5-8 depending on the amount of softness I wanted to render.