Here's a bit on the process for the Autumn Green Man.
After discussing the project via email, I did up a bunch thumbnails. The client got to see these two which I thought solved the challenge in a way closest to what we discussed.
Then I did a tighter drawing with values - a combination of pencil on vellum. Then I deepened the values, painting them on the computer (in case your wondering, I use Photoshop).
Next I did a few color studies. You'll see we ended up combining elements from the first and third one. The blue-violet eyes were essential. The client will be using the final art as a visual reference for four beaded tapestry pieces. She'll make one for each season in different colors, but the eyes will remain the same color.
Initially the goal was to make it look like a portrait but when I got to the final, it seemed flat. I experimented with different abstract shadow shapes to give a feeling of depth and make it seem like he was out in the woods with shadows cast by nearby branches. It wasn't part of the initial idea but liked liked it. Turned out the client liked it too. Win!
If you want to own a copy, I'm selling limited edition 8" x 10" prints of the final (the image on the right) online through my Square Market shop. If you're outside the U.S. and would like to make a purchase, contact me.