Place antique texture. It will be armor! :) Create clipping mask.
Click on layer with RMB and choose blending options. From menu pick Bevel and Emboss. Set it as shown.
Then mask i in shape of your desired armor.
Create new layer with clipping mask. Draw gently of the top edge of armor brown strokes. I used #675544 color.
Set blending mode of this layer to Screen.
Create new layer. Yes. Clippy. :) Use big, soft, white brush and draw on arms and armor.
Decrease opacity to 33%.
It’s time to create lights. Add new clipping layer. Use soft brush with dynamic opacity and draw some strokes on the edges of armor, hands and body.
Light goes behind model, in the center of the image.
Add adjustment layer with Hue/Saturation and make it clippy. Remember this step – you can use it for making materials (like clothes) black.
I just wanted to do skirt black, no whole model. So mask desired fragments.
For good taste, add Brightness/Contrast layer and make it clippy. Set it as is shown:
Good job! I hope this isn’t too boring for you. Now it’s time to make gown. Every warrior have a gown, isn’t it? :) Place gothic bridal stock and transform it (ctrl +T, then use warp mode from top menu).
Mask top of the stock. Erase material below skin of hands by soft brush :).
Create new layer. Use big, white, soft brush to make lights on gown. Remember about light source.
Decrease opacity to 30%.
Add new layer. Use smaller brush and create highlights on drapery.
Change opacity to 65%.
Now shadows. Create new layer. Use black, soft brush with decreased to 60% opacity. Draw some strokes on the folds and on the armor.
As you can see, armor have floral ornaments. Add new layer. By using small, soft brush and white beige (#eceae5) color draw on the edges of ornaments. Try to avoid shadowed fragments. I also used some brown strokes, for better look.
With the same settings draw contour on arms. Then, change blending mode to Screen and opacity to 69% (^^).
On new layer I added also contour of the gown, arms and hair.
It’s time to make hair. You can use brush or whole stock to make it. But! Why no both? I used stock and pen tablet to make hair.
Back below layer with the model. Place smoke stock as is shown.
Then add adjustment layer with Hue/Saturation. You will make it brighter. Set it as shown. Make it clippy by RMB > Create clipping mask.
By holding ctrl choose smoke and adjustment layer. Duplicate it. Next, by clicking Ctrl + T flip it horizontally.
Create new layer – above smoke, below model. Choose gradient tool. Set it white – transparent and fill it as is shown:
Set blending mode to Soft light and opacity to 65%.