Looking through some of Yens work, I stumbled upon one in particular that showed a painting technique which I was familiar with but did not apply practically to my work. I asked Yen about the method he used to finished this piece and I came to realize that this was an efficient way to make the visual stand out more on screen.
|Work of Chen Hui Yen|
The link to this art work can be originally found on his deviantart page link,
This technique is particularly relevant to me, as I will be using a monochrome color palette for my visuals. Therefore, instead of intricately painting different values of a color to my characters, I can paint using Black and White with grey as a neutral tone, making it easier to notice true values of highlights and shadows. I then add a new layer of a single base color above the Black & White layer ensuring I enable the 'Blending Mode' on the color layer. This can be further understood from the test and screen shots I've done below.