I came to this at the end of Inktober, where I’ve been illustrating songs by one of my favorite bands; the Mountain Goats. The matchbox is a song called Spent Gladiator 1, and the letter is one called Up The Wolves.
I was having trouble coming up with words to write for the lettering menu, so I went with the titles of songs on a Polaris record I recently got. Once I settled on a theme, picking styles became easier.
colors came from a couple of palettes based on “The Life Aquatic”