Here’s a commission I completed recently for a young druid and her animal companion. I was given a lot of freedom with this one, practically the only notes were that she have a polar bear headdress, the little bear be tiny, and they both be sorta cute and charming.

Initial pencil sketch came together pretty quick.
Laying in some base colors. I also got some reference for the bear cub, and started fixing some proportion issues on Rinko. At this point, I decided I wanted the characters to be lit from behind and to the side, putting them in slight shadow.
Laying down more color and detail, plus some more decisiveness on those mugluks. I repositioned the bear to be slightly in front, but created a bad tangent with the staff, which I fixed in the final.

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