SURPRISE! it involves Virgil!
Brief was creating a cartoon character for a new line of cat food treats. I'm not shitting you.
So I started drawing cats. First I thought it would be good to show them doing stuff, being active cats.
But I kept coming back to this floating, not-so-anthropomorphised cat.
In this one he looks like he's dead, or is a zombie, which isn't going to make people buy the product BUT it gave me an idea.
So I redid the floating cat, trying to make him look less dead.
When I did the colour rough in Photoshop I decided to give him the hypno eye treatment.
I got the go ahead from my tutor, and followed his advice about using acrylic. I did a rough undercolour and worked over it with the cat's darker coat colours, so you can see the lighter colour underneath.
After that I did the same thing for the background and stuck the cut-out cat over it, then fiddled with adjustment layers a bit to get this:
Now I've just got to get a better scan of the background (because my scanner is rubbish), then I'll replace the slightly faded one in Illustrator