Around 100 hours over three years.
Painted with a mouse on Paintshop Pro.
Yeah I'm not kidding, this piece conceptually began in mid-08. It has since been restarted completely twice, and the characters have been modified and changed completely from the original idea.
It's all painted on one working layer, meaning only little temporary/experimental features got a separate layer to the painting. It's almost completely painted with a standard airbrush, with only some leaf brushes used in the trees. No dodge or burn was used. Some level and colour correction was applied at a couple of points due to me getting new computer monitors. Overall, it has been a massive, massive challenge and a fun project to work on.
For Work-In-Progress shots, view the youtube video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY-Wzlw81IU and listen to my music while you watch the transitions every 30 seconds. Please let me know if you find the video an enjoyable addition to this image
Oh and the boys are Thomas and Mill (standing) and Little Norian is the name of the creek they are at. They're near Mill's farm, in the province of Litaia, in North Tasif, in my world of Riiga.