About a year and a half ago, when the new design for theraider.net went online, I was asked to create one of the image headers that would show up at the top of every page. I made one, but I've always been wanting to make a second one, just because the first one was so much fun! Finally, I found time to make a second contribution.
And to give you a little look behind the scenes, this is what the layout sketch looked like, made on a regular A4 sized paper. You can see how some elements look quite different from the final version, while others remain almost unchanged. I always like to draw images like this fairly small, because you get a certain spontaneity in your work which is hard to capture in a larger drawing. Once I am satisfied with the overall layout I scan the drawing, enlarge all the elements and print them on separate sheets of paper. I refine all these elements separately on my light table and put them back together again on the computer.
This is the first header by the way.