I recently began two projects, both for expecting mothers nurseries, which to a suprising turn from what I first imagined. I planned on exploring zentangle or doodling inside an elephant with an Indian influence. But while looking for photo references, I was drawn to an image which made me want to capture the emotion of a young elephant nuzzling his mother.
I created my background layers for both canvases not sure of my direction. I decide that I would try to capture emotion in a realistic style on watercolour paper seperate from the canvas. This way I had options if I didn't care for the results. I used layer of inktense colors to add details then once I was satisfied I used modge podge to adhere the drawing to the canvas. Finally, I added final details using faber-castell brush pens and a few rub-ons along with my quote.