I create a lot of images using e-on Software's Vue Infinite. These images were created in Vue 10.5 Infinite. I normally have an end result in mind when I start working. This image was created intentionally to be converted to black and white. I don't particularly like my images to appear stiff and hard, so I use plugins such as Filter Forge and Snap Art 3 to add textures or to soften lines. I am not trying to create a "natural media" look.

Original Image Converted by Nik Software's Silver Efex 2
Toned Blue Water Color and Charcoal Filter
Pastel Effect Added for a Touch of Color 2 Main Layers - Black and White and Color
Variations 1 Variations 2