I was inspired by some other fantasy painting of a barbarian queen on a throne with henchmen all around her so I based this picture on that. It's charcoal on Bristol board which was an interesting departure and not entirely a good idea. I did it because I was losing confidence in the job I was doing with pen and ink. I hadn't really done professional illustration in years especially not inking. It was hard to keep the darks looking really dark because the charcoal wouldn't sink in to the surface. I think I also used some white paint to pull up the highlights in the end. Ultimately I wish I'd just used some of my wooden panes and painted the whole project in black and white paint since I'm comfortable with paint and not with pen and ink.