An illustration that was inspired by both the brothers Grimm stories and the Crones in The Witcher 3. Although it is fairytale inspired, I didn't want it to have a Disney look to it so kept it quite dark in terms of colour palette and mood.
Rough greyscale sketch
Adding sepia tone
Adding alternate light source and painting in some clouds
Adding more detail, the cage with character inside, some reflections etc
Final Image detailed more, lighting refined, colour balance, many small details etc