I created this droplet girl illustration to experiment using blending methods, colouring, tiling and masking of layers. The images used were found on free image stock libraries and then combined and edited in Photoshop.
The image started off with the girls face, which had a nice contrast of foreground light and background shadow, so was great for what I was planning to do with it. I then found the water droplet image that suited the mood of the illustration well.
The droplet image was not big enough to use as one piece so I had to tile it and mask out certain areas to get it looking right. This also helped to overlay it in the correct position on top of the face. I left some of the noticeably tiled areas in the illustration, as I quite liked having subtly repeated areas, which formed a disarrayed pattern effect.
Once the different layers were roughly placed into the document, I began using a combination of masked areas, filter overlays and gradient maps on the girls face to give it a ghostly or reflective look to it. I tried out a number of different colour schemes before settling on this one.
I also tweaked some of the droplets to fit into the design. You can see this most where the large droplet highlights her eye. I also removed or faded some areas around the main features (nose and mouth) so that it drew these elements to the foreground a bit more, rather than simply overlaying the droplets and being done with it.
The little tweaks and finishing touches are often the ones that make an image really work so should not be overlooked.