The brief was to create an animal for a small child's T shirt.
My first idea was a giraffe saying Hi! and the second was an elephant in a swimsuit with painted toenails ...well why not?!
I decided to go with the elephant, she had more instant appeal, and drew her using a dip pen and gouache.
Neither of these were working for me, the colours were all wrong — the first version too dark and heavy, the second too bright and bold — for a small child. I decided to draw her again, scan the drawing and add my colour in Coreldraw.
Not there yet...
a few more tweaks, changes of colour, remove the line work from the waves, add a new palm tree and few co-ordinating repeats and Voila
...a Star is born!