For those of you who have been nice enough to follow the progress of this illustration, that I created as part of the July 16th Illustration Friday challenge, it is finally finished. The word to illustrate was 'breakfast,' and I chose to create a family of orangutans having their morning meal in their brightly colored kitchen. My inspiration came from some of the classic Little Golden Book illustrators, people like Feodor Rojankovsky, Mary Blair, J.P. Miller and Aurelius Battaglia. I chose my color scheme based on what I felt would be complimentary colors to the orangish-browns of the orangutan's fur. I tried to stick to a limited palette, but I did use different shades and values of the colors I chose. For those who may have missed the original posting, I'm also including my original sketch. The main difference between the sketch and the finished piece is that I decided not to try and do a true perspective on the floor. Instead I changed it to a straight-on view of a checkerboard pattern. I felt that would be more in tune with the stylized look of the illustrations in a Little Golden Book.
Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to come back and see the finished result. Comments are always appreciated.