I’m a little shocked that I’ve actually finished this! A tribute to all the walks I take in the forest with my little gremlin, Ragamuffin.
I originally started this drawing over a year ago, just to be something fun I could dive into and noodle around in. I kept putting it aside for client work or other things, but I’ve finally actually come back to it and completed it.
The trick, for me, to completing drawings that are complicated and time consuming, is that if the subject matter is right, I really find the work relaxing. Drawing this was relaxing, inking it was downright therapeutic, and coloring has been a fun puzzle. I decided to color it riso-style, even though I may never actually print it, and it was a good workout for my color mixing skills.
Below you can see the original pencil drawing, and the inks (done with a dip pen, but definitely cleaned up digitally afterwards!)