She didn't request anything specific, so I had the pleasure to do pretty much whatever I wanted.
After a quick brainstorming and mind mapping, I had my concept: an illustration about the country house she grew up in. With a twist, of course:)
Well, drawing a building is fairly difficult for me so the first thing I did was gathering some reference.
I went onto Google maps and got the photos of the building with the street maps. Thank god for stalking technology!:)
Here the photos
These were a great reference, since I could see exactly how the building is structured and all sorts of details, which is something I couldn't have done just drawing from memory.
(Btw, looking attentively at these photos made me figured out things about this building I had never ever noticed in all my life. That's one of the best part of being an illustrator... you have to look!)
Anyway, from here I've started to produce the first rough sketches
The final line work
Finally, I got it printed. I used photographic paper instead of art paper just because it's more resistant and easier to pack in a tube and send on the other side of the world.