Hanging on the wall above my bathtub is a print of a Maxfield Parrish painting and yesterday I found myself half-looking at "Morning" and a thought occurred to me: What if the figure leisurely sitting on the rocks was sitting on Martian rocks?
From there the idea interwove with two characters from a sci-fi story idea I have been working on for a while. That story idea is not set on Mars, but referencing them helped me populate my illustration with characters who I can already picture and who I know have a certain relationship. From there, I found references of two other Parrish paintings and combined them to create my final composition.
For this promo piece, I wanted to deliberately do three things: create an image with the feel of a book cover, use slightly older characters than I usually do, and use more than one figure (I tend to do single figures a lot). I'm now super excited to complete it, as I feel it represents a lot of what I like to illustrate.