I wanted to create a dwarf for my next painting. But I needed a setting. When I thought of adding a fairy to the image it seeming like a fun idea to have the dwarf playfully blowing a smoke ring at it. I figured that the dwarfs might find the fairies to be annoying.
Even though the fairy is small I wanted to make sure you could see that she is a beautiful woman. For that reason I got in close to the dwarf's face. I also liked the idea as it would let me add a lot of detail to the dwarf's worn, wrinkled skin and dry, scraggly hair.
Once I had decided to include a fairy it made more sense to me to have the location be outside. By having another group by a fire in the distance I only had to hint at the idea of a fire on the dwarf in close-up by adding warm light on him too.
I used a fantastic photo taken by Marcus Ranum of a model I thought had the perfect pose for the fairy: LINK
I used other various references online to guide me in creating the dwarf, the beer suds, the mug, the pipe and the smoke ring.