This year the piece is titled 'Pinecones'. Below I'll show the step-by-step of creating the art.
I also looked at a few Illustrations by Russian artist Ivan Bilbin for textile & border patterns to use in my piece.
On yet another sheet of copy paper, I used my photo reference to draw the pinecones and needles behind her, but then I just gave up and slotted in more of the photos (masked out to show as much of her as possible) for the foreground she's standing on.
I inked this with my Copic Multiliner SP pens (the 0.7 & 0.3 nibs). There was a LOT of repetitive forms in the needles, and seeing clearly what bits of white paper were the inside of needles and which were negative spaces was a real struggle.
When the inks were done, I scanned those back into photoshop to start the coloring. The first part of that is called 'flatting' where I establish what color everything is and where those areas end with flat un-textured colors. Like, professional coloring-in-the-lines. I also established some color-holds (areas where I want the ink work to be a color other than black) like the background cones and needles as well as all the patterning on her clothes.
I'd made most of my color choices when I was compositing the pencil drawings, so this step was rather procedural.
The last part was to render the color––to add light, shadow, and texture. I do this in Photoshop mostly with the Dodge and Burn tools and a stock textured brush.
'Pinecones' will be released and made available for purchase in my online store at the start of my March ONLINECON event April 6-10