I was able to get back to this sample last week and finished it off. I always hated pen line art - too scratchy, too permanent - but a few years ago I discovered brush + photoshop. Oh brush, how I love you. Oh photoshop, you complete me.
It also seems I have finally surrendered and immersed myself in cuteness. I give up - I'm yours. I'm thinking about adorable insects for my next piece.
The rundown: individual characters and backgrounds done separately in FW acrylic ink on Canson Vidalon with brush, scanned @ 600dpi, in photoshop --> levels -->set white point to eliminate shadow, set black point to crisp up, clean up, correct, and layer together. Altogether only about 8 hours for the finish.