The reference image for this render was an illustration by Jean Léon Huens. I found it in a wonderful old book of fairy tales which has been collecting dust on the attic for far too long. The tale, by Andersen, is called ‘The Princess and the Pea’. It is about a prince who couldn’t seem to find a real princess for him to marry with.
“One evening a terrible storm came on; there was thunder and lightning, and the rain poured down in torrents. Suddenly a knocking was heard at the city gate, and the old king went to open it.
It was a princess standing out there in front of the gate.”
I wanted to give this image a bit of a painterly style and a fairy-tale feel. I will probably post the beautiful reference image by JL Huens later on. I encountered big problems with different monitors. Mine is exceptionally dark and high contrast I think; the image was much brighter on a laptop and all detail was lost… I toned down the lighting for this online version. I hope that helps at least a bit.
Any c&c are welcome.