The newspaper called back for another cover illustration, this time for the Superbowl. They wanted a generic cartoon, not any specific caricatures of the athletes. I tried coming up with a bit of a different style this time, Strangest thing about this job?... As I was painting the art of the cardinal, trying to capture a likeness of the bird, an actual cardinal lands outside my window by my computer!
I painted this in Painter 10 as usual, but I started with an ochre colored background and built up from there. I ended up using a strong blue background to build contrast and make the whole thing more intimidating.