Shrinking Violet, from the Legion of Super-Heroes. This is the last of my 4 pre-Heroes Con 2011 commission requests. 11x14, greyscale copic markers, white ink, & colored pencils on vellum bristol board.
I had 3 very different prelims for the client to choose from. One was her leaping out at you from a hand, all action pose-y, the second was her sitting on a hand and smiling at you, something very straight forward and almost con sketchy, if that makes sense, and a variation on the above, although with her extended leg pushing up to the right. I decided that threw the composition off way too much -- its still a little weighted on the right -- so moved it. It helps the balance out, but even more so helps out with the flow of the piece, as your eye (Westerners) tends to start reading from the upper left. So you can follow that nice long leg alllll the way down/up her torso and end with her smile.
She's showing a lot of muscle strain on the arm because that's where she's supporting all of her weight. It's the little things that make me happy.
Oh, and I modeled the hand.