Whew, one more portrait to go and then I'm all portrait-ed out for a while (unless I get commissioned xD). As usual, sporadic photo references were used - myself for body and fan. I used a photo of Margaret Tudor from the Tudors as costume inspiration and sleeve reference). I love the costuming from that series and the raunchy yet sophisticated feel of the promo shots of Anne. I also roamed around town one day and took photos of couches and cushions for reference here...to the extent that I was given a few furniture pamphlets by sales assistants, and even a pricing guide and manufacturers details for a nice saleswoman I told I was shopping for couches. since I was so embarrassed that I was standing there taking photos of their furniture like a creep.
The windows were the most fun, and also the quickest things to make. I created one panel by pasting and colouring squares, and then pasted and skewed ad nauseum. The background and the lanterns were layered in later. The cushions I created by layering patterns over blank cushion shapes so I would not get distracted by texture/shadows etc. The paisley pattern was done in a similar way, but I do not ever want to do paisley again as faded and nearly indistinct patterns on a similar colour background are a pain (I had to keep raising and lowering the brightness to check the shape I was making).
Peraiia had also given me advice last time to define the knuckles for more elegance so I tried that this time, thanks ^.^
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