The first sketch had a cartoony chicken and a more realistic, if unfortunately clunky, toddler.
What I liked about the sketch was:
1) the idea,
2) the ruffled tutu and chicken tail echoing each other, and
3) maybe the background shape.
The chicken had to anatomy-up.
So did the toddler.
At first I was thinking "pastels" but I can never really manage to like them in quantity.
So . . . the background color was changed, too.
Growing up with chickens inspired this illustration — and wanting to send out something warm and cozy to counteract all the divisive hubub of the news.
I had fun painting this. The chicken and clothing details are painted in loose paint strokes with gaps showing the background color. The little girl's face and hair are painted simply, but smoothed and whisped, respectively.
Here's the result:
There's a detail pic of their faces on the fiction page.