First, I choose the Otter as the animal I wanted to illustrate. While I was drawing the first lines on my paper, I started to see new shapes appearing. When I saw something resembling of the spade symbol and since I needed to think of a way to finish the bottom of the otter's usual long neck, I decided to add kind of a collar or a pearl necklace.
Finally, my concept was born : Her Majesty the Otter Queen of Spades.
This is a small variation I made from my original Otter. I wanted to try removing the crown and changing the colours for something more icy. I also wanted to test a background playing with gradient.