//“It would have been more of a pleasure if you had not so rudely initiated the dance without asking permission,” she said, pursing her lips as she thought a woman of the Seconds would have at the same experience.
Al grinned sheepishly. “Yes, well—” he slowed their movement, and they came to a stop, facing each other in the midst of the other swirling couples on the dance floor, “—will you accept my sincerest apologies?”
She felt his eyes staring at her as he lifted her hand to his lips and kissed it with a tenderness. His lips were soft, his breath warm against her glove, and her heart leapt into her throat so she had to keep from catching her breath.//
— Excerpt from "The Avian Chronicle", a novel in progress.
Rewriting my novel, I changed the scene where the two of them first met, and so I was inspired to draw them again. I tried to do a bit more of a background, not certain how successful it was, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. I also really like how their faces and design turned out, closer to how I see them than ever before tbh, especially his hair. Ive also been focusing on varying the levels in my drawings, and with his suit supposed to be dark, I had quite the challenge balancing it. Not sure I succeeded or if i messed up the edit in photoshop, either way I like the result. Let me know what you think! ^^
Drawn with 2H, H, B, 4B, kneaded eraser and two sizes of smudge sticks.