This picture is my half of an art trade with one of my favourite artists. Namely one Gilda Rimessi:
Gilda drew me as a puppy girl. Her art is fabulous. Go see her gallery!
Gilda is a gorgeous Italian girl with very exotic features so I drew her as a Tuscan wine faerie. This is my first attempt to draw a woman with short hair, as hair is sometimes a crutch for me, and I found that I really enjoyed it! I adore short hair and I think it takes a brave woman who is confident in her looks to bob off her tresses.
I had fun mixing mediums on this picture. It is done in coloured pencil, ink, and watercolour. The background is stolen from an old (public domain!) Art Nouveau piece that I re-drew and added my own touches to. I have a fetish for Art Nouveau. It takes a lot more work than most people realize to get all those curvy, flourishy, flowery things to work right.