After many sketches and initial ideas, I eventually ended up on a bear roasting a marshmallow...
I began by browsing the internet for some inspiration. I threw together a quick mood-board to at least set me up in the right direction. I knew I wanted to create a outdoor scene or something along the lines of nature/hiking/camping.
My original concept began as a hiker and a bear sitting by the campfire. As the process continued the other character was removed as I fell in love with the imagine a single bear alone at a fire.
I usually always begin my illustrations working in black and white and then add color once I get good contrast in the values. As I got further into the illustration I was curious what this would look like if I just continued working on this in black and white, which is where it ended up!