I Was browsing the internet last year when I came across an illustration forum. On the forum there was a monthly (or weekly I don’t remember) challenge where they wrote a little bit of text and members could submit an illustration to match the challenge. The text was something along the lines of “When he looked into the forest he saw…” I Thought it was a nice challenge so I packed my backpack and went to a nearby forest for some inspiration. The end result is these three animals playing cards. :)
On location in the park. This was the place where I went to get inspiration. The foliage is very loosely inspired by the trees and bushes seen in this picture.
This was the sketch I made on location. It was mainly to get a nice composition for the trees and other foliage. If you look very closely you can see a very faint sketch of animals sitting playing cards. At this point I knew what I wanted to draw but I did not spend much time drawing the characters.
In the first sketch I made of the characters you can see that I was not sure what kind of animals it would be. I Was even considering to use monsters (you can see that the monster on the right is a rough sketch of Bob from my Marie and Bob illustrations.
This was my first attempt of getting the animals right. The bunny did not change much after this, nor did the fox. However I was not very happy about the bear on the right. So onto the next sketch!
This was the last sketch I made for this illustration. Normally I don’t make this many sketches for one illustration but I just was not happy about that bear. I Also moved the fox back a little bit from the tree stump, and I was looking on how to position his tail. In the final illustration I moved him back even more, and drawn his tail next to him.