Hour of Death
Illustration of a mysterious cat in a suit
An illustration of a calm night scene with reduced cool color palette featuring a mysterious anthropomorphic cat character. The viewer is invited to ponder wherever the figure is a ghost, a god or a night owl.
I used an appealing style with with no contours on this illustration. Like usual, I start with a generic sketch. Instead of going for inks afterwards, however, I'm drawing in patches of colors directly. I'm keeping the sketch layer on for continuous reference.
As soon as possible, I hide the sketch layer. Afterwards I continue working with water color-like brushes and draw in details and shadows. Such a coloring style is almost more design than illustration. Settling on good colors and contrast is all the more important.