You are surrounded by the finest jewels, the loveliest pearls and the purest gold there is My dear - why these diamond tears?
It truly felt wonderful to work on my characters Lord and Lady Cygne again!
I had some troubles on the road to making this piece. I had originally planned to colour the piece traditionally, in which I failed horribly, due to choosing the wrong colour scheme. All right, so I went for digital colour! Today, as the piece was almost finished, something strange happened when trying to save the image and open a web page simultaneously. The image file went blank, and would not open again! I stressed around at the web for an hour or so, tried different repair programs, but it was IrfanView that saved me. With this program I could open the file without problems, and save it anew! So IrfanView, everyone! [link] My lifesaver.
I've never followed tutorials myself. Mostly I have just learned by improvising. Neither could I really make a tutorial, because I don't feel like I am following any "method" when I am drawing/painting - I just do it. But here are a few tips:
1) lots and lots of layers; some set to "multiply", some to "soft light" or "overlay", some to "screen", etc, and normal ones, of course. Experiment with the opacity of the layers (not too heavy!), and merge them together as you go 2) textures applied as layers - I usually set them to "multiply" or "soft light". Some textures I've made myself with watercolours, others I derive from my own photos 3) dull colours is not necessarily a bad thing, but can make the highlights look more beautiful
I just stumbled across your work, but I already love Lord and Lady Cygne. I admire, tremendously, how you've portrayed the elegance of swans, paired with such strong and clear emotions. And, I mean this for all your work, not just this piece!