Considering how much I love doing environments, it's strange that I don't do them more often. They do take a lot of time and they never turn out as good as I imagined, so maybe that's why.
I started this one for fun, then decided to keep the riverbed dry so I could use it as a base for one of the Schoolism assignments (the one on water and liquid, I'm having students paint water into the scene).
I just noticed the a book I did a cover for last year has been released! Working with Harper Collins was fun. Probably the hardest part for me was hitting the right look for the target audience, as I don't exactly have a thumb on the pulse of the "tween" fiction market. So I just went for something more realistic than my usual, but that still had some fun and imagination to it. In retrospect I should have hired some models instead of trying to work out of my head, but I still wouldn't want to lose that that slightly skewed, almost carictured look.
I read an early draft of the book before starting the illustration, and I enjoyed it in spite of my out-of-touch-ness. If you want a copy, you can see it here.