This is an entry I recently put together for a local art competition. It's an idea I've been mulling over for some time now, and I'm stoked I got off my ass and actually produced it.
The idea was to see what happened to the Musicians of the old fairy tale, 20 yrs down the line.
I ended up doing more than my normal copious amounts of visual research for this artwork. Part of it was looking at famous CD and LP covers, so that I'd have an obvious music history reference to pull in. In the end I settled for a remake of the Black Eyed Peas: Monkey Business cover artwork for a number of reasons: firstly, the focus is very tight on the characters--enabling me to put in a lot of detail. Secondly, the obvious reference to animals in the BEP album name--I think if i'd had more time I would have tried to come up with a more clever title... but I'm happy with "Reunion Tour."
On the BEP album the stylized head element was that of a monkey. I've replaced it with the face of Charles Darwin, (albeit with a slightly trimmed beard) for lateral reasons I'll leave you to figure out.