Another commission piece I did over Arthur Adams' blue pencil drawings. Not Blue-Line printouts, but and actual hand drawing that Arthur did with a blue pencil.
All of this was inked with different tip sized microns. I spotted the blacks with a brush. Like the other Art Adams commission pieces I've inked in the past, I referenced how he would ink some of his own backgrounds. A time consuming cross hatching texture. The pencil sketch didn't have any backgrounds. I wanted to give it a background to look as close to the pieces that Arthur would draw himself.
My thought process was to leave some whites in the background because I didn't want it to mesh with the blacks that was on the figure. Areas on the figure that was white, I let the cross hatching background touch the figure. Areas on the figure which were black (like the front of her hood and bottom of boobies), I left the background white. At the same time, doing a fade from black to white with the background so it transitions better. The extra details on the hair, tapered lines, and cross hatching, I referenced other work that Arthur has done.
Lots of planning and referencing before inking. I even lightly pencilled in areas to show myself where I want certain details to be. In a way, it's almost like doing finishes.
Here's how it looks when I got the piece. Lightly drawn in blue pencil. Still beautiful as with any and all of Arthur's work. Hard to see, but enough for me to work with.