Second piece drawn that really got me into working shadows by drawing the light. Not happy with the eyes and lights on his cheek ridge - they didn't come out as bright as I would like.
Originally I wanted the shadows to be more pronounced to make it seem as if he's looming out of the darkness. However, I started catching on that colors spanning a smaller tone gradient doesn't necessarily work very well with wax-based pencils, as evidenced by the stroke patch on the neck segment >_>;
So a little explanation for this character.. Goldbrow is a member of a race that's been kicking around for a few years as notes and sketches. Their info is about 70% complete (cultural lore and such still needs to be worked on). This guy in particular is a member of a subspecies of biomechanical creatures heavily influenced by modern day rollercoasters with a bit of an explanatory background as to how they came into existence on their isolated little world (it has to do with nanites and a haywire satellite). GB himself is a bit of an arse in general, even for a regular-class Steelie. He doesn't tolerate what he considers 'lesser' Raelkin in his territory, such as all species of Wooden-types, dwarf species, and monos (monorail-based body plan - herbivores). A good deal of that ego is his pride in being the strongest Steelie in the area, though he tends to lay low when a Giga-type or Royal comes through. He is not above consuming a Wooden Raelkin that wanders too far into his territory, even though the idea of picking splinters from his jaws afterwards is distasteful.
This was also done on a 6"X6" piece of black cardstock as a kind of bust illustration sample.
Artwork, Character, and Species (c) 2015- L "Taesolieroy" Monroe