This drawing started out to be one of the “weird statues” series– I was going to goof on the classic statue of Athena (or Minerva) with the spear and the shield and the helmet and the owl on her shoulder. But I couldn’t get the pose right– she kept standing with all her weight on one leg and her hip cocked and just generally refused to look classical at all. Also her hand was up too high on the spear, like the thing was levitating and she was trying to hold it down.
This is where the conventional artist starts erasing and fixing up her classical statue with a dignified pose and a spear that stays on the ground where gravity put it. But the drawing of the day artist just says to herself “so maybe it’s not a spear, then”. That’s how you end up with a science fictiony part witch/part soldier: a broomstick rider in armor. The lines at the end of the powered-on broomstick might be actual broom straws, or they might represent ribbons of force or strands of magic or whatever you like.
We’re left with only two questions: what is she going to do with that great big shield, and what happened to the owl? There was supposed to be an owl.