Hey! This kitty is stitchin'. Made this just for IF this week.
The style / size I used for this is the same 'template' I've been using all week on a project I completed. I illustrated many 2" x 1 5/8" greyscale illos for K workbooks. I tell you, sometimes, there is just nothing better for the work itself than being under the gun while doing it. (I'm not kidding...)
Working under the gun forces me to work quicker and therefore take some chances that I normally might not. It forces me to come up with solutions that WORK, and FAST!!! Working out a fairly complex composition quickly (and making sure it is done WELL) is really great exercise. Having deadlines honestly really helps with this. I know that that might sound very Type A of me, but it's the honest truth. (I love deadlines. There. I said it.) A sense of urgency can be a very good thing. This project let me flex all of those creative problem-solving muscles in the framework of a tight deadline. It's refreshing to work in that way sometimes. Just to do something quickly, and work with it. You're present all of the time - no time for daydreaming.
It's also kind of neat as a graphic designer to utilize those creative problem solving skills for design purposes, and then also see how they translate in the illustration part of the brain.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy.