Mother's Day 2020
Back in 2008, I drew an artwork representing my relationship with my mom:
I was pretty new to Photoshop (ver6, I believe) and as you can see, I kinda went nuts with the Layer effects. This was sketched on paper, scanned and colored digitally. I hafta say my anatomy and composition still had a long way to go. This was back before I realized the importance of having reference images, too.
My mom is an avid reader and I grew up surrounded by books, and for someone who lived in the Philippines (where there weren't any public libraries), I was super LUCKY. I grew up reading fantasy and fairy tales, classic and modern, local and global myths. Toys weren't very important when I was a kid, but we could not live without books.
Fast forward 2020, and I revisited the concept to do an updated version of it. This time, I had more than a decades worth of illustration experience and here's what it looks like. Drawn on iPad using ProCreate and Apple Pencil:
Very happy how this turned out. I had a better foundation on anatomy, better understanding on color and composition, and restraint with the Layer Effects.
Happy Mother's Day!