Now I usually go straight to coloring after finishing the line art, but I decided to try something different today and play with inking in this particular piece. It’s a little liberating because I’ve always been afraid of using dark shadows or colors in my work, for fear that I might overdo things, but I usually end up with colors or shadows that are too close together and lack a sense of “hardness” to them. I like how this has turned out, and it was fun using the shadows to create texture as well, though I think I still need to work on that some.
If you look at the previous entry you might notice on the lower left corner there are squiggles that have magically disappeared. I was thinking of drawing a buddhist lion statue there but ultimately decided it would be too distracting from the composition (aka I got lazy).