A rather ridiculous amount of sheep...
Now I really want an orange too...
Petal was not the daughter her parents had hoped for. Unlike the other fairy children who played with fluffy bunnies and beautiful butterflies, Petal made...different sorts of friends. When her quiet village is threatened by a horde of goblins, Petal decides to take matters into her own hands. It just so happens that goblins are horrified by the same critters that Petal loves to befriend. She sets out on a quest to find her helpers, and together they return to vanquish the goblin horde!!
@xin-li The 12x12 picture book group is very supportive. Along with providing seminars and great community links, it has a critique forum where writers trade critiques with each other (you put up your story and critique at least three other stories, and everyone tries to do the same). It isn't a course, but it is a great place to get feed back and work with other people. There's an illustrators group too (which is actually where I learned about SVS :). They only open registration at the start of the new year, though. But I'd recommend looking into it!
How do you attack your background work? I never know what to do! My current plan is to learn to draw things to go in a scene, and then fill the scene with those things --- Draw50Things style.
But I'd love to hear what other people think about when they work on the background (which, to me, is everything but the immediate character action). I've taken some great courses through SVS on the topic, but it kind of feels like learning to juggle. I can do one thing at a time, but to make a great picture I need to have them all working at the same time!
What do you do first? Composition? Colours? Then fill in your space with items? What else needs to get juggled and when do you think about it?