Raise your hand if you had an ideal childhood. I think there are some people who do, or who remember it that way. If you look in the dictionary, ideal has to do with perfection. I think an ideal childhood would be linked to ideal parents. And it's hard to find ideal parents. I think there are wonderful parents out there and I think a lot of them got that way after a lot of practice. But I think when they first started out, none of them were ideal.
This illustration is kind of about that -- the less than ideal childhood. It actually illustrates a story I wrote that's going to be in my upcoming ebook.
Here's a bit of my process.
I started with a traditional background created with acrylic on cardboard:
Then I took these photos: A reference photo of my kids,
A stock photo of a playground,
A stock photo of a sunset,
And a bunch of splatters from CGTextures.com.
I made this drawing:
And here's the final product. When you read the story, the imagery will make more sense.