You met this character before and, yes, he is an ornery fellow. He was a doodle from the sketchbook that I liked – not much needed to change with the character himself. However, the challenge came with inventing a background scene with no story to refer to.
Little by little, I thought out some details that seemed to fit him – the wrought iron came first, then the building of the landscape, and finally the glimpse of an old house . It took a lot more thought, doodles, studies, and color experimentation – very different from the last portfolio piece I did which seemed to invent itself.
The final is a combination of gouache and color pencil. There may be a little tweaking and small adjustments but, at the moment, he’s part of a small number of “finished” works that could end up in the portfolio.
Now, what’s next?