This piece began as a doodle that I did this summer while attending a children’s book conference at the Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio. I had a little cottage to myself for a week and no television. I was so inspired by all of the author/illustrator keynote speakers that I just had to doodle. I planned to doodle and sketch every extra minute of every day for the rest of my life. I was that inspired! Well, I returned to the real world and it hasn’t gone like that exactly. But . . .
This little baby slipped out of my sketchbook a few days ago: (Done at the conference)
It sparked an idea and voilá. I now have what you see at the top of the page. See! Doodling is great! It leads to things.
I did a better sketch:
I worked on it digitally and had this:
I then took the sketch from the bottom layer that I had been working over and laid it on top (cleaned up a bit) at a 30% opacity. I think it softened it and made it look more like a watercolor.