A sorceress shapes raw magical energies with the force of her will alone while someone... or something... looks on from the shadows. This is another picture that went back to the drawing board. I'd originally tried to upload just the woman, but it was turned down due to a lack of fantasy elements. If you have problems with nudity in art, move right along! She was originally a commissioned character portrait for an online free form roleplay. This was the very first picture I coloured digitally! Yes, there are a lot of mistakes (talk about your learning curve...) but I left them in place as a reminder of how far I've come. The ball of magic is just a variety of Photoshop effects I played with until I got something that I liked. The woman was a rough pencil sketch with the pose taken from a visual reference guide for artists then coloured entirely in Photoshop. The creature in the background (yes, it IS grinning) was painted in by hand (with a mouse!) at 50% opacity and I gave the eyes the outer glow effect.