5. My favorite part. I break out the watercolor and color pencils.
On this piece, I went straight to solid opaque white paint. Started adding the highlights to his helmet and shield. There's some diluted blending started here too where I've done some texture work on the shield and some subtle work on his face.
I chose to use the color pencil on his skin this time. I usually try to avoid that since I don't want the texture to be too heavy, but I wanted some subtle highlighting/rendering and it's just easier for me to do with color pencil instead of paint.
I've started adding a bunch of rendering and detail to the leather straps and axe handle too. All of that is with color pencil as is all the rendering on his foot.