(3024 x 4032)
Traditional ink sketch of Sakirah Rodaun based on a scrapped pose from my Bluelight project using a combination of a series of black ink ball pens for shading and a Uni-Ball Vision for darker lines and fully inked areas.
The 3D pose I used for a reference was scrapped because the angel dress I was clothing her with was not giving dynamic simulation results I was happy without clothing it looked too seductive. There was also strange forms resulting from the topology in the ankles that were apparent when they were twisted into the pose. Bare skin is fun to sketch with pens however so I saved a screenshot of a pixelated test render.
This isn't the first time I have filled a page with ink so I knew to skip straight to the pen that was best suited for the task rather than work up a frustration with cheaper pens that were more conservative with their flow. Cheap pens however are my favorite for gradients as their flow is slow enough to make soft shades when moving quickly. The greatest challenge with the piece was to avoid smudges and avoid darkening areas too much as there is no way to erase ink.
This project contains mild nudity.
Here is an earlier sketch I did (Restless Nights) where I learned how to darken areas to black after a series of painful trial and error. I avoided the temptation of using a black marker for the darkest areas. The most difficult part of this image was the diagonal stripes in the bedding as it was easy to lose track of which area was dark and which was light as well as the actual count of stripes. They were easy to lose as they wrap around folds, each presenting an opportunity for one strip to merge with a neighbor or for an edge of a dark stripe to become the edge of a light stripe. Once I had shaded the stripes and the folds rather than just leaving it as line work, it became much easier to keep track of them.