For my brother's birthday, I re-drew an old poster that I made for him back in 2009. I actually printed that out large-scaled and it's hanging up on his wall right now. I ended up drawing this in about 11 hours (versus the old one that was only done in about 4 hours). I also changed up some of the original characters to be who I think some of his new favorite characters are instead.
Old Vs. New
First of all, here's a side-by-side comparison to showcase some improvement.
(AND MASSIVE CHARACTER DESIGN UPDATES)
It all started with this little doodle.
This was to really get the layout and figure out who I wanted to be in this drawing, and where I wanted them to be placed.
And then I fleshed out that sketch.
And then I cleaned those up and placed that logo in there.
Then came the base colors!
And then rendering out the characters!
I blurred out a bunch of elements to give it more depth. I also made the foreground a bit larger so it would frame the image better.
And the finishing touches on those effects!