I wanted to illustrate a tribute to Joanna Newsom's latest album, "Divers", but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I've recently started using a sketchbook habitually, which I've been wanting to do for quite a while, but never actually took the time to do. That is where the illustration for "Swaying and Swooning" started. Below is the two illustrations that I had doodled without really thinking of a specific concept.
Next I spent some time listening and thinking about her album which is where I came up with the final sketch.
I tried a new method of digitally coloring the sketch in broad color tones. In the end, I felt that it didn't provide me with enough information. Next time, I think I'll try digitally doing a tonal study and then a tiny color study in gouache. I feel like I learn more about the color relationships when I can physically mix the color. It is also more satisfying to play with paints.
In the end I feel the illustration was successful and I learned so much about my process. I'm anxious to start another painting to see if I can efficiently refine my method.