Step 15
Decide the position of the image’s light source and start adding shadows and highlights. Spend time working on your character at this stage, and keep in mind that there is always room for improvement. Using the Zoom tool or pressing Ctrl/Cmd + +, look closely to make sure all image elements are in place. Consider adding fun details to your character.

Step 16
Instead of forcing our character to live in white emptiness, we can make a background for her so she won’t get bored. Think about where you’d like your character to live. Also, try to use basic shapes and light colours on your background, if you want to keep the viewer’s interest to your character.

Who: Meni Tzima is a freelance illustrator living and working in Yupyland, located somewhere in Athens, Greece. Since 2003, Meni has dedicated herself to the creation of exciting characters and illustrations across a range of media. Her characters have appeared in children’s books, on clothes and products, and increasingly in corporate design work.
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Illustrator CS2
Time to complete: 2-3 hours