Inspiration comes from anywhere and oddly enough this design was at the request of a fan. I rarely draw whales and thought why not, so much grace and elegance in one of the worlds largest Mammals. Furthermore, I drew it as a breach because the vertical design lends itself nicely to a shirt format
It’s obvious I love bears but with this design, I was specifically trying to capture the sweet inquisitive look of a standing curious polar bear. I knew it was going to be a lighter line on dark shirt bc that combination suits the subject. So with this in mind, I used the dark color of the shirt to indicate shadow. You can see this below the eye and following down the jaw and into the neck. I also used this same idea for the black nose. To this day it remains one of my favorite designs and one of our most popular.