Monday afternoon I had some homework to catch up on, so I went to a coffee shop to sit and sketch. This design was loosely inspired by the Rococo period, when fashionable ladies wore giant hip pads called panniers underneath gowns. I loosely based the skirt shape on the idea, instead using panels of a mediumweight silk or wool over a full underskirt. I actually started with the jacket, styled after the riding jackets and caraco jackets of the late 18th century that usually had a fancy peplum or lacy "tail" in the back. Then I added in some knitted lace stockings, since silk knitted stockings were a luxury of the time.
As I was drawing, I realized I had another pretty clear inspiration: Alisha from the UK television series Misfits. (Basic premise: a bunch of kids performing community service for various crimes are hit by a freak storm and get super powers.) She's a babe, and she knows it. She has gorgeous curly hair and rocks big hoops, pinup makeup and a bad attitude even in her orange jumpsuit. Lumberjack and I have been watching the show lately, and I love the cinematography and the character styling.
I also used some new pens for this drawing, Pigma Microns, and I'm in love. I used the 03 size for the outlines and the 01 size for the face and details, and I really like how much control and depth the different sizes add. I've really liked working in pencil, but I'm often disappointed when I get to the inking because my favorite small-gauge Copic lining marker died and I couldn't get things as detailed as I wanted. Plus, you can use watercolors with Pigmas since their ink is not water soluble.
Now, to ink all 15 of my previous drawings for history... that'll be a project!
Image source Misfits wiki.