Over the past few months I have been slowly adding work to my Society6 art collection. At one point, after a discussion with a fellow designer, I made a decision to create a recognisable style. This was in order to promote myself better as a quality illustrator. Luckily for me the decision was easy, as I had a great love for pencils, and pencil artwork. I decided to combine this with my love for animals, and create a series of weird but wonderful images based on abstract compositions involving animals. You can see these at my society6 account.
By chance I was then emailed with the proposal to design the 2011 Christmas cover for New Scientist. Craig Mackie the art director saw my work at Society6, and specifically the Toad illustration and asked if I could re-render the artwork with a tortoise and a Christmas theme.
This project description is a record of a little bit of the process and some stages of the final rendering.
The work was initially done in pencil, on A3 layout paper and then, after scanning, was painted in Photoshop on about 60+ layers.