This was one of those drawings that got away from me. I sat down to sketch out an idea, fully intending it to be nothing more than a rough sketch, as it was already too late. Then I got in the zone and just kept going, but that nagging, responsible voice telling me to go to bed and get some sleep never left.
This created a weird mix of pressure--to push the picture and try things I normally wouldn't and had just learned, and to push myself to press on and not tweak and retweak sections so I could go to bed.
The end result is something I'm pretty happy with. There are some spots I'd like to clean up (she could be more kinetic, I think I could push her into a more forceful and dynamic pose), but for something I cranked out in just over an hour--that's with some Google Image search time--I like it.
For the record, the techniques I tried on this I learned in this Udemy.com course by Sycra Yasin. Most of what he showed in the lesson I already knew how to do, but I didn't know how they could be used for art. I'm not sure I'll adopt his workflow for everything, but it was definitely fun to experiment with. If you're into art at all, you should definitely check out Sycra's youtube page. He's a phenomenal teacher and a super talented artist.