For John’s Birthday card, I drew our family as pandas off to celebrate. It was done as a series of ink and pencil sketches, scanned and pieced together in Fireworks. Here you can see some of the evolution of the idea.
The initial sketch was a much more traditional panda shape but too static. Looking at the shape of the pandas I drew inspiration from Alex T Smith’s picture of a polar bear on his excellent blog. You can see me working out how to translate this into a panda on my second sketch.
I was then working out the composition of the pandas with the very rough sketch, before moving on to sketching the final piece.
The kids were quite excited to see themselves as pandas and I think John liked it too!