There were about 100 species I had to choose from, and different categories to focus on. I chose the "Mother's love" category. For the animal, I started by choosing the Alaskan moose, but I then decided to see if both Siberian tigers and brown bears were in the list. They were, so I looked them up, and I found out they actually do meet in the wild every now and then - and tear each other up (tigers usually win the battle; they are designed to kill large mammals better that bears, who, even though they seem bulkier, are omnivores, and thus not used to battling other species of huge meat-eating predators very often).
My main focus was tension and narrative. There are still a couple of things I'll get to (you know how finishing a piece can go - there is always something left to adjust/correct/etc.) Here are the color thumbnails I started with, and subsequently the end result.
|Closeup of momma bear.|