I thought it might be interesting to share my process on how I develop an editorial illustration - I know I really enjoy reading other people's processes.
So I started with a black and white value sketch since the AD had sent me a sketch of what she had in mind. This is not usually the case, part of the fun of being an illustrator is developing a bunch of different ideas and solutions that tell the story. I sent two sketches because she originally had the baby in utero and after reading the story, I wanted to show the baby as a bundle in their arms.
I also sent six quick color story options:
She picked number 2 and wanted to go with the baby in utero, so I went to final gouache painting here:
Et voila! That's what goes on behind the screen in my studio. Hope you enjoyed this look behind the work.