This is my final one. it still looks very digital so not the result i wanted :(
but i am still learning illustrator so it is quite complex compared to other things i have done. so i guess i'll just put it aside as a 'learning exercise'.
step 2: Below: now it's all a little bit overkill - so need to simplify
I tried out the live trace tool on my sketches so that they became digital. I experimented with the color guide and blend tools. I'm assessing the color balance + composition - but this may change when i add texture. I really want to break up the flat blocks of colour now.
The inspiration for my colour palette comes from the work +of Betsy Walton. I would like to achieve this softness and try not to look so 'digital!'