While I was painting a subtitle idea for this illustration came to me: “Where Did The Oil Go?” I thought of the oil spill that happened not too long ago and just wanted it to be part of the painting. Because of it, I had to make some ‘minor’ adjustments such as the black water and the oil dripping from the pelican skeletons. I used a lot of ink besides acrylics and colored pencils on this illustration to give it a dark chalkboard appearance.
The illustration is based on an ink drawing on illustration board (below). I layered acrylic washes and added details with colored pencils and ink.