This is a commission of the pretty awesome character Shion Nys from the Hero System RPG Kazei 5. The author of the game, Mike Surbrook, is a good friend of mine and I promised this image to him a little while ago. I can only hope that he likes it. I took some liberties with her original design, but overall I think it turned out pretty cool. The setting she's from is a cyberpunk world not too unlike those created by Masamune Shirow, so I tried to channel some of his ideas into the piece. I found myself researching different types of real-world corded muscles suits and power armor concepts to make something that looked both futuristic, but also believable. Mike is also a huge fan of manga artist Kia Asamiya, so I tried to invoke some of Mr. Asamiya's older iconic stylings (such as his work on Silent Mobius) as well. The end result is kind of funny to me as she sort of resembles a female Darth Vader to an extent. I'll be doing colored versions of this piece soon, both in markers and in digital, just to see which I like best.
Materials used were a 0.7 Draftmatic Pencil with Pentel Blue Lead on 9 x 12 in. Bristol Board paper. Inks were done with Micron pens .005, 0.1, and a brush pen.