1. Rough (quickly done A5 size). the themes were (in order of appearance) Everglades, football and Bayou.
2. Rather detailed pencil sketch (A3 size). The guidance from a few pictures gathered from the web clustered as shown is a crucial help too.
3. Color process is done with both Photoshop and Painter. here s the day by day evolution (I know I am slow). as you can see, I was asked to add some spanish moss along the way.
4. and finally, after a long struggle, I submitted this.