Birth announcement for my son, Leo Harrison. Leo's older brother has been a little obsessed with Dumbo, combined with the obvious lion connection I decided to go with a circus theme, heavily inspired by the title cards from Dumbo. Everything was hand-lettered to give it a loose, organic feel.
Initial sketches and layouts were done in pencil. The pencils were scanned and inked in MS5 using Frenden's brushes. I exported to Photoshop where I added flat color, then tone and texture, including the aged paper background which is from my own library.