Ever since my childhood, growing up in Japan, I have always had a strong dislike for most anything mechanical with the strongest dislike toward things like Transformers. Long before Transformers movies came out, in Japan we had one anime series after another in the 'mecha' genre with huge robots doing battles. No, I couldn't get into it. Steampunk has that mechanical thing going on, although it's not the futuristic giant robot kind. And because of that, I've kind of stayed away from it (not to mention how a lot of people have been doing it also...).
This time though, when I thought about doing a 'dark' piece, I didn't want to do vampires (Haven't we had enough of that already?) or macabre (It's interesting how blood and gore lose its fascination after not too many images of the same old same old... like on deviantART's Daily Deviations.) per se, since these themes just aren't interesting to me. And as many other artists are pumping out works in these genres, I don't think anyone is missing out on anything if I refused to jump on the bandwagon. So instead, I thought, "Well, how about a steampunk with a tiny twist of 'dark' then?"
Finally, that got my ideas flowing. This is the second sketch I did on the idea. The first idea was so huge, it couldn't fit on a sheet of paper 8.5 x 11". XD I like the look of detached impudence on this girl's face rather than a killer glare of death. The wing detail was actually fun to sketch, although I was too lazy for the second wing. I think you get a pretty good idea of where this is going without the second wing drawn in there.