At long last, this is done. I took a lot longer on this one because there wasn't any good refs for the pose, lighting, colour etc so it was all quite against me from the start. Plus, I had to extensively tweak the background to get the mood I wanted.
I was inspired by the mood of these series of amazing cosplay pictures: [link]
It was fun adding the snow. I used this tutorial to help me: [link]
I cropped the picture again after painting in the character because the statue was too distracting. The original photo is here: [link]
Painting the scarf took forever to make it look right. I tried to equalize the colours at the end but it didn't look nice at all. Thanks for the tip though,
And just a quick note, that building is NOT the Kremlin, but a famous Russian Orthodox cathedral called St. Basil's. Most people, like me think that it's the Kremlin! The real one is just further along the Red Square.[EDIT]
Changed some of the snow after consulting
. I think it looks better now and more calm, which is what I wanted it to be.