You remember I told you about the changes to my rough? Well, because we have lost the impact of the joke on this spread, I wanted to make sure we had a lot of visual impact. Since the actual content is very simple (for once!) I decided to use colour to make sure we had a visually striking note to end on.
The final illustration, of Lion dozing in the tree, follows straight after the one where the sun is going down over the waterhole:
Luckily, we've had a couple of cracking sunsets here in Sheffield recently, so I knew the effect I wanted to capture for my final image. There was a spectacular sun-down on the evening of our Sketch Pub-Crawl: we were on our way into the Sheffield Tap at the train station, when everyone stopped in their tracks and stared up at the sky, which appeared to be on fire. One of my fellow sketchers, Lynne McPeake, (who fortunately for me is also a photographer), caught this photo, which I used as inspiration for my illustration:
At the end of the day, I gave the artwork a thorough spray with fixative. I knew this would darken everything, but I wanted to work over the top, to establish darker shadows, so at the same time I just re-brightened where I needed to.