Updated: May 27, 2022
As I've worked on the concept art for the project, I've looked at different tools with which to create concept work. I tried the pen tool in Photoshop, but it was creating very sharp lines which didn't work particularly well with the more natural feeling of the project. I looked a lot at Winnie the Pooh and things like 101 Dalmatians for inspiration on softer, more painterly styles.
I also worked with the smudge tool to create a desaturated background to focus on shapes. This was the first time I'd tried drawing out blockier lines and then changing them with smudge after.
Top left, Winnie the Pooh background, Top right, my recreation painting in Krita. Middle left, my experiments with the pen tool in Photoshop. Middle right, my softer illustrations based on plants around Lew's Castle. Bottom, 101 Dalmations background