You can see the in-progress steps here: http://www.fantasticportfolios.com/salon/viewtopic.php?t=167
A 'Tell Me a Story' commission for Marina. She specified first that it have an owl and an oak tree, and later told me about her RPG character, Nimhelith, while I was noodling around trying to figure out what to put in as a central focal point. From there, the composition fell into place.
I used a new kind of pen on this one, a Copic Multiliner, and I think I may a convert from the Microns... they have smaller sizes (this piece is almost all the .03 size, with some .7 for bold areas). The lines are really nice and controllable - the feathers are actually outlined with the .03 with heavy pressure, not the .7 - and the pen is still working after this entire piece. I think I would have gone through at least 2 of the 005 microns on this. I didn't go easy on 'em, either, though I wanted to because they were more than twice as expensive. I also picked up a brush pen that they had, but didn't want to chance this piece with a tool that unpredictable. I'll use that on something safer...
I forgot to keep count of my hours, darn it. At least 5 in inking alone, I think.
ETA: Also, voting is up for LJ Idol! If you didn't think my entry on Internet Me was too awful, please vote! http://community.livejournal.com/therealljidol/105142.html