The theme of the nursery is Jungle, and the color palette is yellow, browns and greens. My client mentioned she'd like an illustration of a monkey, and she mentioned the new baby's name too -- Owen. I had an idea immediately - how about a monkey hanging from a tree, and the tree branches spell the child's name OR the letters dangle from the tree? I put together some rough thumbnails for my client to choose from.
My client made her choice from the above thumbnail sketches. Then I moved on to the final sketch (I did not scan that step). Once I had the final sketch down on paper, I went forward with the inking. Here is how that came out:
I then moved on to the final painting. This was a lot of fun to paint. It felt looser and freer than my pet portrait work, since I was really working completely from my own imagination here.
What do you think?