@pamela-fraley Well thank you! I'm glad you like it. I'm flattered that you would compare it to classic illustrators, who of course are a HUGE influence on me. I think the main one that was in my mind as I drew it was Beatrix Potter, but of course she wasn't the only one--Tenniel is another who I like looking at, so the Alice comparison is also flattering.
Now let me go off on a tangent. This is mostly for my benefit, so nobody should feel like they have to read this ;-)
I'm having trouble figuring out how to market myself and my classic looking illustrations, which is more and more the direction I'm finding myself going. Like... why would someone hang one of my prints when they could get a print of an actual Beatrix Potter illustration?
And while people give positive feedback on my art (including agents and ADs), I feel like it is SO off-trend it gets brushed off--I see so much more stuff that is either super rendered, or really naive, and just not me. Anyway. The question in the last Third Thursday--what to do if you've found a style you enjoy and have good feedback on but aren't sure how marketable it is.... that was mine. I'm figuring it out though... I think.
Answering my own question--a HUGE part of my problem is the need to fill out my portfolio with more stuff people (as in Agents/ADs ;-) really want to see--characters drawn consistently, stuff with a story, maybe a section for black and white stuff... all that jazz. So maybe I shouldn't worry until I've filled that gap. I keep intending too, and then my mind wanders off and comes back with one-off images such as the one above. So the underlying problem to this underlying problem (whew!) is probably discipline, and making myself do the work that will actually fill the gaps in my portfolio.
End ramble. :-)