How do you always do such great expressions ?! <33 Also; I've been wondering how you do the backgrounds. They're always so beautiful. I really hope it isn't rude to ask; but do you practise them by speedpainting with references or something ? I'm dying to learn how to do it properly and I'm not sure what's the best way to learn it.
And it isn't rude to ask at all. xD I don't speedpaint, but I do try to look at references just to figure out how things work (like how ferns look in this one, for example). I don't reference nearly as much as I should, though. And I should really do speedpaint practice more.
I experiment a lot with different techniques, though, which is why my grasses/trees/rocks rarely look the same from one picture to another. I'm still trying to find the best way to do them all.
If you want to do it the right way, speedpainting is probably the smartest way to learn how to do backgrounds. I should do more of it.