I'm currently working on a different type of commission. It's a 10" X 14" oil painting and the scene is of vintage Winnie-the-Pooh. Although my personal work is based largely on en plein air work, landscapes, still lifes and figurative work, I also like doing these commissions which expand my creative range. I think it's good for artists to play around with different styles and subject matter. It's a fun break from what I normally do, but I feel like it's still me.
This type of illustration requires a lot of creativity because I didn't copy this scene from another source. I created my own composition and placed the characters where I wanted them. I still tried to make the scene look like one from an old Pooh story. Something different in my technique is that I washed on the oil paint in sort of a watercolor-style application; usually I like working with thick paint.
The scene I had in mind is of Christopher Robin coming to the 100 Acre Wood for a party with all the characters. There's a lot of fun little details in the painting which make it like an eye-spy game. My friends and family know that I'm a big Pooh fan myself and have read all the stories. And a fun extra fact is: this isn't my first illustration project, I illustrated some children's books once upon a time... but that feels like a lifetime ago.