Of the many assorted articles of accessory clothing which females adorn, 2-D and otherwise, not many have a grander following than that held by the twin leg-worn components recognized by the name “stockings”.
Being one of the more renowned special interests held by the otaku populace, it seems it’s simply never possible to get enough satisfaction from the subject – likely as with all sorts of various second dimensional girls adorning them, the sight differs enough to deliver a whole new realm of enjoyment every time. And looking to the above as a fine, and indeed certainly rewarding example, one will see what makes stockings all so delectable when on a fitting set of legs.
Her stockings aren’t too extensively threshed out with shadow – nothing in this illustration seems to be. Yet the artwork does effectively define key areas through its own novel methods – putting a hint of white in a bulb shape around the upper areas of stockings and skirt to show texture, giving an idea of what sort of material those must be to reflect light as seen, and then also to aide one in understanding where the source of light is.
This girl is perhaps a maid in a cafe – and her current pose stems as result of her having slipped and fell. Though regardless of how she came to be in this position, it’s definitely a treat as it allows for one to indulge in her fine lower body. Her upper half is lovely as well, cute, gentle, and flat chested as many do admire – although note the difference. Her upper body attracts specifically through moe – the contrast present is that while she’s delicate and cute, she still has such a voluptuous lower half.
With a sort of spherical inclusion of light over a predominantly dark spot, the artist has given her waist shadow in a manner that makes it embedded with depth as it wraps around her ample yet fit area of legs in skirt. The zettai ryouiki portion of visible thigh is seductively toned – serving to draw the eye towards that exposed segment of flavorful skin. And now for the stockings – first note the stripe trim alongside the top.
In general, the stockings bring out the depth of her legs – and here, the stripe helps establish them as third dimensional. Also see how there’s a dark shadow beneath her knee of one leg, whilst the other is only seen lit up – it’s another contrast contributing to form and shape. And furthermore, the stockings themselves also make a contrast of the legs, i.e., zettai ryouiki – and this, alongside the aforementioned details, collectively assist in visually bringing out her ensnaring waist.
And as for some splendid side-details, shifting away from the female for a bit, the artwork is abstract as is majorly implied by the gigantic teacup beside her – as well as the strange backdrop. One can see that she’s atop a patterned cloth – and it looks as if almost she’s a dessert of someone’s meal, which is unsurprising given how sweet she looks.
Lastly, yet certainly not the least prominent detail, do take into account the smooth, relaxing and fruity colors – a palette near totally purple, pink, and some mixes of blue, all tinted and shaded as necessary, with white to grant an easiness and soft feeling to the overall composition.
Surely, the substantial eloquence provided by stockings unto their female wearer, as well as the subsequent pleasure which the appropriate onlookers will derive, is a relationship which easily favors all.