Oh my god, this illustration stole my soul.
It started off as a simple illustration about music, then I just kept on adding and changing bits, building up the colour.
It took way, way, way longer than I expected (partially because I work full-time now, so only illustrate at the wkends). It took freekin ages to balance the colours on the background flowers without destracting from the foreground objects.
I was intially using my ancient version of photoshop 7 but managed to upgrade to CS2 to finish it off. Total number of hours it took is unkown, but I've been working on and off on this baby for months now.
It's made up of about 250 layers (a nightmare to manage), comprising of hand drawn images scanned in, coupled with a background painted in acrylics and goache.