So, this is my giraffe before digital coloring, with just ink and some orange col-erase pencil. (it scanned in a bit brigher than real life) The scan looks much better than the dark grainy picture I snapped with my iPod late at night when I finished it though.
and after digital color and cleanup
I initially didn't mean to put as bright of a background color behind him and was going to tone it down, but it just didn't look as good. It works really well with him, and it is now one of my favorites. He's also up in my zazzle shop as prints and bags and tee-shirts and purses and magnets and pillows and a sketchbook and all. Ok, shameless plug over. :) I really do love zazzle though, they have great coupon codes regularly, they have great quality products and they have amazing customer service. I am my biggest customer, seriously. I buy more stuff for me than anybody else does. lol! It is just so much easier than when I was trying to make etsy work for me. I may only make a percentage, but it is waaaaay less work and less risk.
So, how do you like the background? Too bright? Too distracting? Who knows because your monitor is different than mine? Comment away, I love to have other insight. I'm still learning with color...