Editorial Illustration from Smithsonian magazine.
My concept was to illustrate the beauty of greenlands landscape and a butterfly's wing.
Since they are already small animals, i wanted to put empasis on the size element in my illustration.
I rendered the insect with Copic multiliners and Zebra ballpoint pens.
With a hint of graphite in the shadows to give a nice traditional texture before digitally finishing it.
I tried an option excluding the paper texture of the origianl scan,
but the values were a little too light for my taste, despite the elegance this solution provided.
The second solution was to add a light blue-green gradient overlayed on top of the drawing.
The contrast of colors worked well, but i wanted stay more true to the landscape colors and the trees
at the bottom of the wings were a little too dark with the gradation.
Final visual was a combination of both earlier solutions.
The paperclip was painted digitally.