The author of the example is Alexandr Iljin, Russia. The tutorial was made with version 3.1 of Charcoal. Also, the author used AKVIS Draw and Chameleon.
"Margarita's first surprise on walking in was the darkness. It was as dark as a cellar, so that she involuntarily clutched Azazello's cloak from fear of an accident, but soon from high up and far away a lighted lamp flickered and came closer. As they went Azazello took away Margarita's broom and it vanished soundlessly into the darkness.
They then began to mount a broad staircase, so vast that to Margarita it seemed endless. She was surprised that the hallway of an ordinary Moscow flat could hold such an enormous, invisible but undeniably real and apparently unending staircase. They reached a landing and stopped."
When the author first saw the photo, this scene from the novel immediately came into his mind. He didn't aim to create a precise illustration; he just yielded to the creative imagination's appeal.
Follow the steps below to reproduce the effect obtained by the author.
The effects produced using AKVIS plugins provide a very special flair. As a result, we get an incredibly atmospheric illustration based on motifs of the novel by Bulgakov.