When the art director for Ladybug magazine contacted me about doing an illustration for them, she was looking for a very specific image. She wanted a little boy in a chef's hat and apron dropping marshmallows into a cup of hot chocolate.
I began by doing sketches of little boys' faces. Once I had one that I was happy with, I played around with different compositions, keeping in mind that there needed to be a space for the text. The art director initially wanted a full body view of the little boy, but after trying a few different compositions, I found that a close up of his upper body and face worked best. She agreed.