Here's a new illustration I just finished, I call it Keytar Panda. Below are close-ups and photos of the process.
This is the sketchbook page that inspired the idea. I doodled it while on the phone, it's always fun to see what the brain throws out while it's distracted.
I built a rough model for lighting and pose reference.
Tight-ish line drawing before painting.
Value and color studies. The rooster was originally a songbird, but it changed when I was painting these studies. I felt the rooster's bigger silhouette would be stronger and the bold dashes of red around it's face would be a good accent.
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