I thought I'd share some behind the scenes for this new print that's called Friend Family Tree.
This illustration is from a memory from years ago that has stuck with me. My niece and I were in my parent's yard and she was wandering around the grass with her eyes to the ground. She gathered fallen leaves of every shape and size, squiggly mushrooms, rough stones, shiny pebbles, dandelions, teeny tiny daisies, wishies, and spindly sticks. She brought them to the porch and carefully arranged all of these treasures into little clusters and named each little one – Neela, Priya, Mommy, Daddy, Bazi, Bapsi, Grandma, Grandpa, Meenal Masi, Uncle David, Dosa, Auntie Kim, . . . and on and on. A family portrait.
As usual, I started with a messy pencil sketch and then spent a good long time doing a more detailed sketch.
After a lot of back and forth, I ended up flipping the kid to face forward and worked out all the little surrounding details.
After that I added layers and layers of color and textures. Below are close up details of the final piece.
This piece is available as an art print in my shop here!