Found some more time to work on this piece today. After much testing I realised pale skinned was the way to go. Not only does it sell 'elf' but it also give a natural glow to the skin that red hues alone can't deliver. I should maybe study pale skin subjects after this. Or maybe a whole lot of different types.
I really love the digital medium. The ability to make changes or multiple copies, or move something over there... it's just amazing.
I'm really enjoying this piece and perhaps it's beginning to show!