Here is my finished English Maned Castor. And below are my steps to create it as well as the community submissions.
I told the viewers that they could use any combination of the inspiration prompts––they could make their version as cute and cuddly as a pocket pet stray kitten, as monstrous and deadly as a giant kaiju destroying cities, or anything in between. I also wanted this to be an excuse to get their pencils moving. I invited all skill levels, because I'm a firm believer that you shouldn't have to be good at something or pursuing mastery of it to just simply enjoy the act of it...and art is no exception.
I scanned the pencil drawing and then did some photoshop trickery to get a pattern on the tail that was geometrically spaced similarly as a real beaver's tail to help me in the next step.
I went with the color scheme of the original lino block piece––but as I looked at it I realized I was right about my premonition in the pencils stage, that the sheepdog colors needed to be used to get the full three species blend communicate.
So, on Sunday (after a full Saturday of Mother's day celebrations at my Sister-in-Law's place, I went back to do the rendering. To get all the highlights, shading, and texture I used the dodge and burn tools with a stock photoshop texture brush. I also selected areas and used the color balance tool to tint them warmer or cooler. Below you can again see the final rendered colors with a border and type applied in this final version.
But, as this is a community event, I wanted to share all the other entries posted in the Discord. I awarded a prize and we voted together on a few more (prize winners marked with *) on Monday's Twitch stream and we all enjoyed seeing what each other had done. I hope we get even more participants next month (First Friday!)