I really like Mark Ryden’s work, I see his paintings as a modern interpretation of the old fairy tradition. Children that are taken away by the fairies or the young fairies carrying out acts against the evil people of this world. Otherwise, I just like the way Mark sees the world, it’s a pretty strange place from his perspective.
I did a search on google for “cross hatch” and found this site. I like the way his lines follow the soft forms of the females body. I am going to use the technique and see what result it gives when I start drawing nudes again after the summer break.
I have a mini fold-up cycle called a Strida that I wheel through the underground/subway each day. Its amazing how blind people are when they are talking to someone on the phone, I am aware that I can hurt commuters with my bike but are they aware that I just missed putting a tyre track up their leg!