As a photographer, I often like to play around with adjustments, blended layers and other applications after I've completed an illustration to see if I can find any interesting ideas I hadn't yet thought of. There's something very satisfying about a lucky accident when creating an image.
In this case it was finding the right black and white mode in Fotor for Mac, which gave me an alternative version that I found interesting.
I hope you like the final image. When I uploaded some drafts to G+ a couple of people said they prefered the dark pencil and ink illustration to the final version. I found the opinion interesting and was wondering if anyone else felt the same way. It's not the style I was aiming for in the image, and I was certain of the color range I wanted, but I was interested in how prevalent that opinion was.
If you have any thoughts either way, I'd be very interested to hear them, so get in touch here and let me know.