'And so she swam, the water caressing her as though it were the touch of a lover, as the sea opened up and gave unto her its bounty. The tooth of some long dead beast she took as her blade, in its shell-forged hilt a pearl that she used to see the future. But that, still, was not enough, and so, the sea brought her more, ever more, for the love of its queen.'
Done for the lovely and talented Natalie Paquette as a gift. This is the grossly scaled down version of the original (which clocks in at a hefty 34.5mb worth of .psd file) - I am sad to say it is not where I want it to be, but if I go much further, I'll start overworking it, and it will either lose quality or I'll spend so long working on it that it will never get done. I'm sad to say that I had to resort to the 'knee bend' to get the curves on her body right. Ah, well. Pencil base, inked, then copious amounts of photoshop airbrush, paintbrush, some sponge, a good amount of smudge, and absolutely NO dodge or burn. This is for you, sweetie! I hope you like it!