First, thumbnails. I find it wise to work small and try to have the composition read easily before blowing it up full size and noodling away. If the composition is strong on a small scale, then it will retain that strength when enlarged. For this concept, I played with multiple scenarios both symbolic and realistic.
My mentor recommended I develop the last one, so now it’s decision time. How will I create it? Since trying my digital hand on the last illustration, I realize how much I need to improve that tool. So, I’m trying again! This image is pretty simple, so working digitally should be doable. I scan the drawing into Photoshop and use a lot of layers, lassoing, and shapes.