The next step in my nmm process is to rough in the shades and highs and start playing around with where they sit. At this point there is probably one more level of shadow and several more highlights to rough in. This rough-in step is 5 colors (plus base coat which is pretty much gone now). Back and forth, push and pull. When it starts to look good, I’ll pop in the last shade and most of the highlights. Then I’ll take each color and mix a glaze from it and start to smooth the transitions. Finally, I’ll hit the final highlights.
Anyway, here’s a mid-process nmm gold rough-in. Dark to light. About an hour and a half, I paint slow!
Next I’ll bring back the mids some and work the darks again. Rinse, repeat as necessary.