The style for the Wild & Wondrous illustration series is coloring book style, and there are many different ways to approach it. I started out like many coloring pages, with patterns inside the subject. I realized after a few illustrations that the figures were too static and didn't feel alive. Also, when reprinted at smaller sizes, the patterns were too tiny to color in easily. So, I loosened up the style a bit.
It's okay to make changes in the middle of a project. Creating in a series allows for course-correction between each piece.
Next up are the wolves:
Sometimes it takes seeing something you don't like to motivate you enough to make necessary changes.
Another animal that was repeated in this series was a cougar:
Recognizing and appreciating the stepping stones allows for additional growth.
I love that the newer illustrations aren't as static or heavy, and that they are in environments. I'm happy about where this series ended up. It just took a while of muckraking to get to a better place.
I like to see change, and looking back on this last year's series, I love to see the evolution of the artwork.