The Ace of Spades

11 June 2014

The Ace of Spades
coloured pencil and ink, on A3 paper
June 2014


Know one knows for certain, the name of the woman with absinthe eyes and ruby lips, though some say it's Maria, and others say it's Adeline, but both foes and lovers, far and wide, will testify: she is The Ace of Spades. 

They say she flies a shining airship, plated with brass and beetle-green glass, and she never looses in games of chance. Rumor tells that beneath her ruffled skirt she hides a dagger with a silver blade, which she won (or stole) from a smuggler in floating market (or perhaps an airship bar,) but no matter who tells the tale, one knows for certain whatever became of him... 

The lady's voice is low and soft, like something creeping in the dark. She enters a room like a peacock, a flash of colour and plumes, and all eyes turn to her in wonder... and wonder they do, who is this lady with hair like midnight, and a smile like a dangerous gift? 

If you ask anyone, they'll tell you: "She is The Ace of Spades."



The initial ink drawing:
 

So many tiny details . . .


Adding colour . . .

The finished drawing:
 


 I see these as being both flowers and gears ...


Absinthe eyes and ruby lips...
 
































1 comments:

heather raven said...

This is so beautiful. Just like you!

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