I knew he was someone I simply must see,
For he's been alive since the dawning of time,
He must know each lesson, he must know each rhyme....
The saga of creating this illustration for a poem about a wise ancient tree was a valuable lesson, that if your gut tells you you're not happy with a drawing, it might be a good idea to scrap it and start all over again.
My first initial drawing of this tree turned out to be more of a preliminary sketch, as there was something not working for me in terms of how his face turned out. I was initially pleased with it as a pencil sketch, but once I inked it, something seemed off.
Stay tuned to read the rest of the poem that goes with him!