Lu Meng and Cao Ren in my original Dynasty Warriors-inspired costumes. I started a sketch in this vein when Meng's DW7 design came out, but I scrapped it after several frustrated attempts to reproportion Ren's top-heavy, pinheaded DW7 armor to my liking.
I'm happy with the incremental growth in my line art style. More nuance and detail are gradually working their way in. This piece took me about 1 1/2 months of casual free time work, with other projects and video game distraction thrown into the mix, which is far faster than I would have managed 2 years ago.
Digital ink and pencil freehanded on a tablet. May look washed out in Firefox 3 under OS X although I embedded a sRGB profile. Apologies for that.
5/5 edit - Improved design and form of Cao Ren's collar.
Because it's an illustration of my two favorite guys with a biased title. The 219 takeover and defense of Jing represents the crowning achievements of Cao Ren and Lu Meng's careers. Hence I can't resist some shameless pimping, especially because Three Kingdoms popular tradition unfairly overlooks those two in general.