This is a character design for an old Chinese poem I'm illustrating. I found a book with whole bunches of armor designs from all the different Chinese dynasties, which proved to be very helpful reference.
I threw down a quick color study in my moleskin, which is probably the most amazing fun I've had in my sketchbook in a long time! This is only about an inch by two inches using acrylic and colored pencil, a quick technique I was taught that I know I'll continue using. Hope you like!'