Just finished up painting Javier Avilas Harley Quinn. I've been picking away at it in short bursts for a month or two. Here's the process as I remember it.
Then I thought, why would she be posing in this way inside either of those two places? All I really wanted out of those two locations was the kind of lines/ patterns that prison bars make. So I shot a photo of the unfinished part of our house where the furnace is. The window adds a nice light source, and the exposed beams gave me my pattern.
I've also started adding highlights and shadows each in seperate layers.
In next bit here I start manipulating the background to set it into Harleys space a bit more. I boost the contrast, knock down the overall brightness, and start to add lighting effects around her and objects in the room.
The blood is back, but was really out of hand, so I start chipping away at it. I cut parts out, knock other bits down and start integrating it more with her so it looks like it's on her skin and in her clothing, and not just a layer dropped into photoshop.