BlackEagle operatives do it in the dark!

About halfway through the arc of my Millennium’s End illustration career I settled on the technique behind this image: Creating a high-contrast night scene through a mixture of pencil and black marker. I did three or four illos using this technique, and I think it worked out nicely—though obviously for a relatively small slice of subject matter.

As a point of comparison, check out the power armor chick—truth be told, I punched up the contrast in that image when I scanned and posted it. Contrast was an issue for me in my development as an illustrator, so the image here really represents the apex of an effort to best understand and employ it.

One can also see the result of a lot of focus on the human form and the lay of clothing; both of which have also always been a challenge. I particularly like the glove of the guy in the background.

What do you think? Contrasty enough, or do I need to go back to the drawing board?

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