Introducing drop shadows
First I draw a shadow, and only then paint what the shadow casts. This means that I don’t need to create countless layers. I prefer to work on three or four. If in doubt, I draw a new element on a separate layer. If I like the result then I merge all my layers. Furthermore, it’s important that I accurately depict the texture of the sleeve fabric. First I make a multi-layer chiffon neckline and then repeat this for the cuffs, so they look like the petals of a rose. To give tissue more lustre and texture, I use a custom brush and apply a few scratches.