What came first, the illustration or the story? I always keep my sketchbook with me to keep note of any ideas, snippets of conversation, or visuals that I like and keep it as a resource of (often very bad) ideas, but this one came easy.
For this illustration, I had one of those very rare moments where a visual was floating around in some invisible stratosphere and suddenly hit me like lightning. I couldn't rest until I got it out of my system! So I got doodling with a loose narrative in mind of a lost boy and a bear peacefully enjoying a fire in the woods.
Once I had refined the doodle and finished the illustration, the narrative became clearer. I wrote it like an extract, giving enough but (hopefully) leaving enough to stir intrigue. I'm itching to do something more with this one day when I'm more skilled at writing.
Find the finished illustration and story below. I'd love to hear what you do to generate ideas and how you develop them!
I have an edition of signed prints on my Etsy shop up for grabs too. The colours came out lovely and bright! https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/291271979/the-boy-and-the-bear-illustration-art?ref=shop_home_active_1