You know what is both awesome and terrifying about children?
Their wild enthusiasm.
They love to soak in information, which is great, but bring up ice cream and the situation escalates like crazy. I wanted to capture that mad energy, whether it be good or bad, in this new painting. My first concept was of kids in animal costumes kicking around in a lake. After sketching it out, the concept felt too busy, so I paired it down to one kid. I drew him roaring with excitement, fingers clenched like lion claws. I love how his body is so full of energy it's almost twisting and spinning around on itself.
I guess this little guy is my own version of a "Wild Thing".