First, the finished image:
It started from this little Photoshop doodle.
After looking at it, I thought she looked like she was golfing, so I changed it to give her a more active pose.
Two months later, I threw down some basic colors.
But after ignoring this upstart doodle for two months, I decided the pose was still not quite right. She looked like she was resting, and I decided I wanted her to be chopping down with the blade. Perhaps through the neck of a humongous snake?
Next came some more work on the arms and an attempt to bring some of those initial colors under control.
After another 2 month hiatus, more color tweaking, in an effort to warm up her skin and get some color into the snake.
Then I decided the colors were too bright. Again.
Then I left the piece for another 9 months, distracted by other projects. When I came back to it, I made some big changes. I added more details to the armor and hair, added the gloves, changed the motion of her bikini bottom, etc.
After a couple of months more, I came back to it and finished it up to its final state, as seen above. I used a lot of color overlays to bring consistency into the palette, and added details to the snake.
|Pose, take two.|
|Oh, garish colors!|
|Color block in.|
|Taming the color a bit.|
|Warmer skin and more color? What the hell?|
|Normalizing the colors.|
|Details and edits.|