This is an entry for
's hot mess contest.
this probably took me at least 7-8 hours total. i sketched and inked it on paper ( took me longer than normal, since i'm really working on my anatomy), which is why the lineart is not as crisp as digital art.
i feel as though snakes share my psyche in a few ways: reaction, balance, speed and strength.
i am not all of these, but they are attributes that i've always found to be fascinating. it's fun to react quickly to something, just as it is oddly fun to balance on random things. (sometimes i stand on the bus discretely to practice, and i sometimes walk back and forth on logs/the backs of couches)
i have a pet snake, which is a red tail boa. many boa's live around trees, and i love climbing trees.
have you ever seen a snake raise it's head in the air, to the point where they are supporting over half their body with simple balance and strength? i'm not exaggerating when i say it's an incredible sight.
that kind of strength and balance is a sort of inspiration for me, and that's what this picture represents. the staff/club/glaive is simply there to emphasize stability and balance.
i colored this in gimp, since my sai 30 day trial ended. there is no BG, because i started this 2 days ago, and am uploading it a few hours before the deadline. i think it's good, since i had no initial BG's come to mind as i made this. but perhaps i'll add one some day.