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In the depths of a wishing well.
Some in progress shots:
Initial brainstorm sketches and thumbnail. Originally the pair at the top were children.
Somehow that got changed once I got to the final sketch.
Color rough, mockup in photoshop. I've found that with the techniques I'm using these days with the texture of the ink and medium, because it's so random, I really need to plan out the colors and values beforehand a lot more than I used to. In order to optimal make use of the randomness, I have to have much more intent on where to focus it. The texture only happens if I do it in one go, and don't touch the areas (unless I've sprayed with fixative) afterwards, because further messing around and brushing layers over those areas only blurs and obliterates those textures I love.
Getting started with initial base layers of colors.
Trilobytes, bones, and tea!!!!
Almost done. Thought I was done. But when I scanned this and then flipped it horizontally in photoshop I didn't like how the upper area was balanced. The skyline/trees/ground felt off.
So I went back and worked some more on the upper portions. After scanning and flipping it once more (to get a fresh perspective), I was much more satisfied this time.