As Inspiration I choose this woodblock print of parrots by Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel. I like this three color combination and the different forms of the feathers and hints of leaves on the border - great for patterns and textures.
On my first sketches I knew that want to show the guardian with a winglike cape and a dynamic pose - something like landing on the ground.
Starting the second sketching phase I decided my guardian would be feminine. Drawing clearer shapes I started adding more details and ideas for patterns. In the final sketch I changed some things and left some details away.
Fo the inking I kept it more simple, added color blocks. and added further details on a pattern layer.