i had a lot of fun with this one, despite making a couple of mistakes.
this was the first time i painstakingly compiled a reference in photoshop and sat next to it for the pencil sketch (which i did over and over again). i got 7 bottles of different coloured inks and experimented with watercolour techniques. and i applied (cheap ass) silver paint, which almost ruined the whole thing. still i am quite pleased with the storytelling effect and overall outcome.
first artwork of 2019. the main reason it took me so long to do the lineart is because i was majorly afraid i’d ruin the fine geometrical details. the pencil sketch was done with french curve rulers and compass, but the inking is freehand.
reference pic was a shot posted by the divine kato (@katopunk, from SteamGirl.com) on instagram.
it took me 3 weeks to finish this. my life turned upside down in august 2018, after the suicide of my husband, and i could barely find the courage or calmness to pick up a pen. but drawing art nouveau ornaments with ruler and compass helped with finding back into some version of a normal life.