I was happy with the way the piece originally turned out. That's a big step for me. I never am. And guess what? I still wasn't.
As this is a completely digital piece, it's easy enough to futz around with after the fact and try some things you didn't do originally. So I did. Fired up the ol' mystic Photoshop machine and tried some different bits of black (probably more like light gray...but black sounds cooler right?) magic. Lots of "mehs", but finally settled on what you see below. The effect was achieved using the Spot Wash Dirt filter from the fine folks at Mister Retro.
Been working on this one for a bit. Liked the drawing, but was undecided on backgrounds, type or no type, etc. The eldest of the MMS progeny acted as a bit of an art director/idea generator...it was cool to get his input. We're both into bikes, him now so more than me (I'm old...but back on), so it seemed like a natural.