cool! i like how the lines fade off the way they do. don't know if that's a custom brush, or just a feature in painter but it looks good. I'm in school for Industrial Design and I want to incorporate a freestyle look for my renderings. but anyway, your stuff is a great inspiration.
Artgerm, guys like you make me want to quit drawing... I am simply speechless at your stylistic range. You seem to shift from vector-style art (Pepper by the Window) to photo-realistic (Pepper Realistic) to art-book anime (Pepper Calm) to stylized ink (Samurai Spirit) to old-school manga (Pepper Ice Queen) to many more with such effortless whimsy, that all I can do is stare in wonder. Kudos to your amazing talent... you deserve recognition like few others on this site.