I received several questions about the weird black lines that appeared during the process gif posted earlier. The gif probably moved too quickly to figure out what they correlated to, so I broke the composition down into a series of gifs.
Every aspect of the illustration was intentionally built to form a shape or line to draw the eye to the center top of the frame. You put them together and it draws your eye directly to the volleyball!
I was largely thinking about Kali Ciesemier's articles about composition and informal subdivision (check them out if you haven’t already!). I was never formally trained as an illustrator and in a lot of ways I feel like I’m mostly trying to emulate things I like and make what feels right to me, ha ha.