This was the first real micron pen sketch I worked on. It was commissioned by someone who never purchased it, so I gifted it to my cousin Robert. He went on to use it as a label design for one of his many excellent hot sauces.
The majority of the shading was achieved using crosshatching, though in my later micron work I began incorporating stippling along with it.
I used to really enjoy getting lost in a piece like this (which is time consuming). I would take my sketchbook with me on the train, to a bar, a friend’s house.