This commission has a sad story behind it, but I wanted to share it with you.
It’s a memorial piece for a wee girl who recently passed away after battling serious health problems for most of her life.
Her nickname was Ladybug, and while the obvious thing to do was incorporate that into the piece, I wanted to make sure that there was a little more to it than just an illustration.
Once I’d decided that the ladybird should be about to fly away, the rest of the colour choices fell into place.
The leaves are birch, which has symbolic meanings of youth, regeneration and the bridging the gap between this world and the next in several cultures.