My trusty assistant, General Soreness, is holding up an illustration that I'm currently working on. When complete, it'll be an 11 x 17-inch piece dedicated to a young girl named Melissa who recently passed away.
Going into this project, I felt that the biggest challenge would be getting the likenesses correct. I was only given a single photograph for reference, and given the weight of the subject matter, I was feeling added pressure to get the drawing correct. So it caught me completely by surprise when the pencils went by both smoothly and quickly.
So what's the problem? Well, all of that friggin' text!
That is by far the most text I've ever lettered in a single piece since I started using that particular style for my illustrations. So far, the words alone have taken six hours to lay out and partially complete, not including multiple breaks I've had to take to ease up the cramping in my hand.
The good news is that in another three or four days she'll be done.