I was able to act on one of my intended illustration ideas: the Sword in the Stone. It's a pretty classic image for illustrations, so it was a challenge to try to create a slightly unique take on it. I did bug a friend of mine who is more versed in Arthurian legends for suggestions regarding the sword and whether to include the anvil or not. I hope I was able to give a slightly unique take on the anvil-sword combo by having the anvil wedged into the stone instead of just on top of it.
Since I was drawing this on the artist tiles, I started with one of my colored mechanical pencils for the rough sketch. I then inked it with a brown 0.1 Copic Multiliner. I attempted some hatching in the crevice shadows and on the sword pommel, the blade, and end of the guard.
I then followed with the marker coloring. I began with the stone, using a blend various browns (Es in Copic labeling), starting with the darker colors and then going over with the lightest brown to have relatively soft blending. The crevice's shadow was colored in dark browns. I then worked on the brass/gold of the pommel and guard with a mix of yellows and yellow-reds. The blade was next and colored with mix of warm greys. The anvil was last, and started with some of the rust textures in browns before going over them with various cold greys, light to dark to reflect the changes in surfaces and fall into shadows. Last, I went over the picture with a white gel pen to add some highlights.
And that's it. The first of what I hope will be many more illustrations.