I'm doing another project for a parent. this time it's for my Mom. She has been asking me for over a year if I would illustrate a favorite memory. She likes to laugh about when I was a young tyke I would run around beating bushes with sticks and play swords. I was really in to He-Man (still am) and I guess I had picked up some curse words on TV or something, and swore at the bush -- much to my Mother's dismay.
at any rate, here are some full sketches after about a million thumbnails. I emailed them to Bill Carmen, my illustration instructor, and he wasn't amused that I split the composition in half vertically. When he pointed it out, neither was I. I'll admit I was pretty embarrassed. I know better!
I was still hung up on what to do about the extra space as shown here, it is still empty. I have a new set of compositional sketches that are in the approval process.
Oh and this will be an acrylic painting as well.