Thank you Stephanie. I enjoyed this class very much. Thank you for being so generous too with the downloaded texture sheets.
Firstly, I tried the owl because I didn't want to have to think too much about all the elements. I was overall pleased with the effects. I was ecstatic with the simplicity of the clipping masks. Thanks to the great instruction, I then felt confident to try out my own illustration character.
A friend of ours is visiting and he was talking about the sloths in Costa Rica. He loves them. So, I decided to do one. I also love tropical foliage and the rain forest.
I must admit, when Stephanie said that she adds multiple textural layers (I may add another one later!) , I scoffed. Why on Earth would you wish to add another to a perfectly good illustration? Well, now I know. It adds "magic" to the work. IMHO. Below, are initial shapes and texture.
I had so much fun. I got totally ballzed up at one stage. I had so many layers, clipping masks, inserted images etc. Some of my best effects happened by sheer accident. True! I can't even tell you how I got them. LOL :))))
I worked on it for the best part of a day and half. It was looking pretty good at this stage. Above pic. Then quite by accident, I added another overlay texture. Boom! ... Magic. It gave me that gloomy, dark rain forest effect. It added the "unity" that Stephanie talked about. See below pic.
I am working with Procreate on my Ipad Pro 12.9, Apple Pencil. I have had it for a year and had not used it for anything this illustrative. Thanks again Stephanie for your courses. You are a very good instructor......and brilliant illustrator.