This illustration was done for my Picture Book class; we had to think of a vivid childhood memory and create an illustration based off of it. The focus of this project was to add an element of fantasy and narrative to the memory so it stands as a story in one image.
The memory that I based this illustration on was of my summers at camp, where we would be free to run amok in the woods and create all sorts of forts and structures out of whatever we could find. The idea that a small stick fort could feel like a castle to a kid was what I what I drew off of.
I started off doing some color and value studies:
Here is the finished piece below: