A member of the southern tribe of elves on Adawa Island. Unlike their northern cousins who live in large homes on vast amounts of land, these elves live within a walled city, close to the forest. Venzela is a very powerful woman of high social standing in her tribe.
I have long been fascinated by people of darker skin tones and have always enjoyed painting them. This portrait has been in the back of my mind for a long time until my muse decided that now was the time.
I started this one with the intention of painting it entirely in Painter, but I made an error that would be very difficult to fix unless I switched to Photoshop. In Painter, I had captured some very lovely textures, so, in order to keep some semblance of that, I used a completely different set of brushes than I normally do when working in Photoshop. The result is something that almost looks a bit like coloured pencil on paper.
Medium: Painter 2015, Photoshop CS5
Completed: Sept. 26, 2015