A few months ago, I was commissioned to do a drawing for a friend's brothers wedding. There were only two elements that had to be included; teddy bears and national parks.
Needless to say, this stretched my brain in ways that made it physically hurt. I spent about four days thinking and trying to find a concept. I decided to relax and let the idea come when it was ready. In a quiet moment, I heard a faint song play in my head;
".... teddy bear picnic".
From there, my brain took off. I had more ideas than I could actually produce The original commission was for a single piece, but the client liked the sketches so much, that we eventually settled on two small pieces instead of one large piece.
The first illustration was incredibly tough. In the initial sketch, the bears were walking on a path, but as the drawing progressed, I realized that wasn't going to work. Eventually I came up with the grass and field of flowers. The second piece came together from sketch to finish in about 2.5 hours!
Overall, I'm happy with the pieces, and more importantly, the client was happy! But the conclusion that I came to at the end of this commission, was that I need to take a small break from children's art. I passionately love to draw portraits, and fantasy art. So.... I'm going to take a little time and focus on doing that. At least, that's the current plan, but who knows? There is always the possibility that I will feel compelled to do more children's art sooner rather than later. Watch this space for updates.