In this piece, I wanted to depict a deep feeling of caring and the yearning to protect loved ones from death, while facing its reality (the funeral flowers in her hair symbolize this).
I used mechanical pencil and pencils for this work. I've also cleared up the space around the character (and the face a little bit) in Paint Shop Pro, because it had some smudged areas and traces of removed elements that turned out impossible to erase. I could've fixed this problem by adding a background, but I didn't feel like making one anymore after something around 16 hours of working on this piece (another new record!). I felt very unhappy about the underlying sketch, as I forced myself to work on it even though I was dead tired, just because I was feeling a compelling need to express a concept.
More of my recent pencil work: