This was done with Holbein Acryla-gouache (my new favorite painting medium), inks, sharpie, and colored pencil on 12x16 watercolor paper.
Nate is my 7 year old cousin who is the youngest of three siblings. He's very inquisitive and very smart, and can pick up new things really easily. The kid is a genius, I tell you.
Anyhow, he has been watching My Neighbor Totoro nonstop lately, so I decided to make him an illustration as a late birthday gift to him (his birthday was back in March) and also as a farewell gift.
Here's a behind-the-scenes shot of how I work.
Very very very messily.