How I created this image
I started off with this photo
I start by blocking in main areas of colour, in this case skin and hair.
Then I start to add layers of shadows into the image
Followed by any other details (eg. tattoos)
I then add any highlights.
And a shadow to the hair.
Next I block in the dress itself
And then block in the pattern
To make the pattern really stand out I add a simple outline to all the pattern shapes
Next I add the ribbon.
To this I add shading and highlights
Then I add any other details (eg. buttons and chiffon)
Then I add a subtle shadow to the dress.
Followed by highlights.
Next step is to block in the facial features.
Then adding shading to them
After that I add pupils, irises and eyelashes to the eyes.
Then I add more detail (eg. highlights and reflections)
Then I finish it all off with a background gradient, flower and jewellery.