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For a second I thought that it was the Orphan of Kos, how long it took you in order to produce this masterpiece?
Also it's only mine impression, or in your drawings you always, ehmm, "soften the colours and change them in order to give them a surreal feeling", how do you do that?
This one took me maybe 3 weeks or so, with a few days in between during which I didn't work on it. For a painting like this that was a pretty fast time for me, it can sometimes take me even longer.
As for your second question, it's more difficult to answer to because there really isn't a simple answer... I often use a limited palette of mostly greyed tones, with a few additional brighter colors that contrast the rest of the image. Though my approach does change depending on the artwork and how I'm feeling at the moment.