The armourers from my village are significantly less nude.
A little more on the armor girl. Now with a rough background and embarrassingly small amounts of armor! I’m sticking with the idea of roughing stuff in and cleaning up the perspective afterward, hence the messiness. It seems to work.
Now for the usual self-critique/flogging:
There will be more separation between the shapes in the cleanup; I wasn’t terribly concerned about line quality or contrast in this pass. I probably should have been. It will probably haunt me during cleanup.
Looking at it now, I think the reflections off the breast plates could be a little rounder — this doesn’t really give as good a sense of curvature as I wanted.
I regret not just finishing the pencil drawing first. In addition to being a faster way to get things done, it has the added bonus of making things look cohesive when the drawing is complete. Now I’ll either have to resume the pencils and attempt to line them up the new scan for a composite, or somehow make the digital line art match the existing stuff. I think the former is probably my best bet, and it still sounds awful.
I should mention that throwing in some figure and color work is really just for morale boosting after struggling with the perspective stuff for the last week. I do intend to return to spaceships and corridors; I need the practice. I think I will continue to add figurative work into the new background attempts, though. It alleviates the frustration a bit, and keeps me drawing longer.