Elisabeth: Once the sketch is approved, it's time to take photo reference. My husband Scott (he's also an illustrator) posed as the King of Pentacles.
More painting progress...
Once it's painted I scan it, color correct it, do any minor digital touch-ups, and send it off for approval. Here's the final result!
The process all in one!
Here is the text that will go along with the card in the book, written by Deborah:
Work hard, do good for others, and all will be well.