I did a quick color version of this one for the
back cover of the
Twilight Tangents Sketchbook Vol 5: Inklings last year. I wanted to
go back and do a more substantial pass.
Part of the impetus for this was a desire to be a little more
experimental in my choice of brushes and techniques. When I paint, I
tend to avoid shortcuts and "cheats" and just try to paint as I
would on canvass. But for some of the things I'm working on now, I'm
letting myself be more open to experimentation and tricks, and that
includes incorporating custom brushes created by artists that I like
from around the web .