The 'Illustration Friday' word for this week is "Kernel." A corn kernel is the first thing I thought of, the second thing was popcorn. I abandoned the popcorn idea and instead drew a little mouse clutching a kernel of corn. I know people who cringe at the thought of rodents and I know they are a big problem for farmers when they get into their stored grain, but I decided to put those thoughts out of my mind and concentrate on creating a cute little mouse. I created this image using Painter 12. I started out with a digital pencil sketch and then colored it with Painter's 'real watercolor' brushes. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.