This one started as a simple exercise on using the dodge and burn tools in Adobe Photoshop, as Chris Scalf describes them to be the tools that most resemble the feel of painting with pencil on paper. Since it started as an exercise, I was already well on the way before realising that it could turn into a nice piece. The piece was laid down on two layers, one for the foreground, one for the background, and coloring was done on two additional layers with blend mode set to color.
I started in the middle of the face, as the nose was suited for shading and highlighting with respectively the burn and dodge tools.
Adding detail and darkening background
Background was darkened a bit and detail was added to the chin, cheeks and clothing. The left hand was also detailed more. Also, some more highlights are added to the trees in the background.
The right hand followed and the stone wall in the background is divided into individual stone pieces. Some reflections are added on the ground between the character and the wall.
A beige pink coloring is added to the foreground and background color layers.
The top of the head was detailed a bit more, keeping the reflections of the moon on the skin. Branches are added in the background to make it less dark.
Color balance adjustment
The color balance of the foreground color layer was adapted to put the character literally in the picture, as a flash or some other source of light from the foreground is needed to create this kind of lighting and agitate the character.
The final piece was printed on a 60x80 cm canvas.