Drawing the flat, simplified shape:
First try at adding gradients and texture:
I liked this a lot, but it ended up leaving very thin gaps in-between some of the shapes (the bands on the torso, where the torso and tail met), so I tried again and liked it a little more.
I'm so glad that I am finally learning how to add texture to my pieces. I'm sure it's going to be a whole new obsession for me. Thanks for the class!