Here is the process of Little Red Riding Hood. Medium: pencil, ink, watercolor, gouache, digital. *phew*
First I gathered reference. I definitely wanted it to have a vintage children's book feel.
Value study. I originally had the wolf's eyes closed, but decided it would make a more interesting interaction between the two if they were open.
Blocking in the tones with ink.
The traditional portion is finished. I've been trying to get as far as possible with this stage so there is minimal digital work. I want it to look like a watercolor still.
Here is the final illustration. I had to sit on this one for a few days. I think I got too close and had no clear vision of where I wanted to go with it. If time allows, I will definitely be doing that with future illustrations. Having time to step away and come back with fresh eyes made a world of difference.