I did this piece for a couple reasons. First of all, I wanted to get back to the anime style that I really love, and then I wanted to work with my black marker. Secondly, I wanted to try drawing a warrior that looked like she could be a boy, but was really a girl. She would have to be a bit slender (and not have the same muscle tone as a man) but still strong enough to hold her own. Thirdly, I wanted to play around with a bird motif in the armour.This piece is of course inspired by Tamora Pierce's Alanna of Trebond from the Song of the Lioness Quartet. I really like how it turned out and the contrasts I got with the black marker. I hope you like it!