I love to make flowing marks on paper and that is basically what this is. This may not be for everyone, but I find it very enjoyable to do and to contemplate. It was done with ink and a bamboo pen I made.
What works? I think there should be a combination of graceful lines, interesting forms and angels, and a sense that it is a whole. I have done a lot of sketches like this over the years and have found that it is almost impossible to actually plan how to do them. You have a general idea of what you’re after, but then you have to let your hand take over. I find that most times what emerges is not that interesting, but if I keep at it, something very intriguing can result.