Since I finished reading the book back in college I knew I’d eventually make a fan art based on The Little Prince. It took several years, but finally, here it is! It’s a simple composition that have had quite a few revisions through the years because I’ve been re-sketching how I would want it to look like.
Like most fan illustrations about the book, I knew I wanted mine to feature him on his small planet together with his rose and the fox that he tamed back on Earth. I drew the background first, followed by the characters on a separate sheet.
Once I started rendering the prince, I got uncomfortable with how he looked because I couldn’t feel a connection with how I designed the character. There was something about it that I didn’t like so I decided to come up with a totally different version.
In my recent drawings, I realized that I enjoyed designing characters that had a bit of asian influence. Being asian myself, I figured that creating illustrations inspired from oriental culture made more sense because I could somehow relate to it. So regardless of the theme, I wanted to represent more of Eastern culture in my work.
After thinking about the right country to draw inspiration from, I finally settled on Bhutan because of how they isolated themselves from modernity and being a country that measures success in terms of GNH or Gross National Happiness, thus having the label of World’s Happiest Country.
I then found this photo for reference:
The clothes of the second boy from left was perfect for the prince! After a few studies, I finally came up with the sketch below.
I decided to redesign both the fox and the rose as well.
Once I was happy with the rendered characters, I exported the shapes in Photoshop so I could work on the background and add textures there. With some color adjustments, the artwork ended up looking like they are watching the sunset.
As usual, the final output was not 100% faithful to the initial lineart. A huge chunk of my process goes to editing and adjusting the elements of the illustration as I go. This is part of the reason why I’d rather create my illustrations digitally because of how convenient it is to move things around.