Thank you! And aha yeah, deceptively simple is probably the right way to put it, as I can sometimes be very specific in what I'm looking for from a piece. I don't recall how long this specific one took me, I was given the option of doing either landscape or portrait and I experimented with both. I ditched an early version, and came up with this some time later (the people putting together the book gave us a lot of time, so I was able to come back to it.)
That makes sense. That's nice that they gave you so much time for the project. I have a few clients like that and they're really fun to work for. Time to play is essential. Do you tend to go through a lot of thumbnails or just dive right in and work things as you go?
Oh yeah we were given lots of time and just basically given sizes, a very wide prompt and everyone had certain color themes. My favorite types of projects are those where I'm just left to my own devices and have a lot of time to get it done, I agree it's a lot of fun having clients like that and I feel like the work turns out best that way.
I notoriously hate thumbnails and don't specifically do them unless I must, but I really like to utilize the advantages of the digital age, I stay zoomed out, do really rough sketches and play with positions and poses. I definitely prefer the work as you go method, it helps me stay loose and reminds me that no matter what- a drawing can change. One of the major hurdles I had to go through as an artist was realizing that pencils had erasers and that it was okay to redo things time and time again, it's a hard thing to get over when you're working traditionally and you get attached to something you spent hours on and can't fix without wiping the slate clean, so I like to constantly change things and play around when I'm working digitally.