So, this piece has actually been finished for several months now, but I think it definitely deserves to be posted! This one is a commissioned piece in which I was asked to do an image based on the commissioner's favorite children's book series from when she was little, "Eloise". Eloise is a precocious and quirky six year old girl who lives in the fabulous Plaza Hotel in New York City, and the books focus around all of the imaginative adventures she concocts for herself on a day to day basis. She also has a penchant for "making very good hats!" out of things that surely no one else would consider very good hats, hence her pet turtle, Skipperdee, residing on her head. These books are super fun and it was an equally fun piece to work on!
One note about commissions, because I do get emails about them from time to time... they are really hard to fit into an already established work schedule. That's not to say that I don't ever do them (this post proves otherwise!), it's just more to say that generally they will take much longer than other pieces to bring to a complete finish, because they end up squashed in between other deadlines or worked on in small chunks as time opens up. If I can't foresee a good chunk of open time in a year, often I will turn down commission requests since it is so hard to guarantee a "finished by" date. That being said, I do have one more on my plate for this year (don't worry, I haven't forgotten about you, James! ;) ).
More posts coming soon! :)