That Mother Goose, what will she do next? Anyway, you’re in for a whole carriage full of process/making-of stuff!
An initial drawing of Mother G. I really liked her face, but the rest wasn’t quite working for me.
Here’s the final drawing. Much more protein, just the way I like it.
Here’s ten panels showing a bunch of the steps I used to color the illustration. I started with a yellow background just to set a color tone in my head. And we all know how painful that can be. Then I started coloring from the back and worked forward. After all the colors were in and the ink line was laid over the top, I added some dirt and paper texture to it, to make it a little less computeryishy. Finally I adjusted the colors back into a more yellowy space.
Here’s my dirt layers by themselves. I took some printer paper and stepped in some water, then stomped all over the paper with my dirty sneakers. Then I scanned that in and started masking it out using the different color layers for the selections.
And here’s the dirt layer composited with the paper texture layer.
I layered the dirty paper into the color layers and wala! (Click for a bigger version.)
Finally, here’s some close up zoomitage.