Fact: I used to want to be an archaeologist when I grew up. Well. To be honest I still want to be an archaeologist when I grow up, but I think that ship has pretty much sailed, so instead I just draw then sometimes. This is my first full-on illustration in the mostly line-less style I've been flirting with, and up until the very last minute I wasn't sure how I felt about it. I started messing with shifting the color a bit once I had it in Photoshop, which is something I rarely ever do - but in this case it took the image from "blah" to something I'm actually really pleased with.
This was how it looked pre-tinkering with color. Not terrible but pretty boring. I'm much, much happier with the final version. It's made me think a bit about the color palettes I choose and how I can adjust them to create more exciting images.
And here's the sketch. When I work digitally from start to finish, my sketches are almost comically simple.