While discussing Photoshop with my nephew Ivan (or Gimp in this case, which is a great, free alternative), I stumbled upon some concept art tutorials by Feng Zhu. I watched amazed as he used an inspiration photo, one layer and a couple of brushes to do exactly what I knew I could do, albeit with considerably inferior skill. Something just clicked, so I gave it a try. I haven’t honestly been this happy working on a piece of art in recent memory.
Here’s what I came up with, inspired by the layers of light that filter through a forest: