for once I actually recorded the progress of an illustration from beginning to end
In the summer of 2007 my boss asked me if I could do an illustration of her miniature donkeys. I said yes, and drove out to her farm to take some photos since they don't stay still long enough to draw from life.
I didn't complete the drawing before heading off to college and the photos were stashed away. Throughout the years I occasionally remembered the promise I made, but didn't know where the photographs were. I eventually found the photos in the back of one of my Moleskine sketchbooks and completed the illustration over the past few months (eight years late), working for a few hours at a time. I'm planning to send her the original drawing as a complete surprise.