I chose a chipmunk for this piece because I had taken photographs of one I discovered on a hiking trip in Missouri one year. Of course I could not find the photos when I needed them. I used an instructional painting book called Keys to Painting Fur & Feathers edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf for reference which was really helpful. I was debating about using an owl or squirrel.
I had trouble with the sketch and the feet positions perhaps because the legs of a chipmunk are so nothing. They seem to be mostly cute chubby body with feet so I changed the feet position. They still look off to me.
I believe I am not able to use the gradient tool the same as newer Photoshop versions.
Please let me know what you think. This is a different type of illustration style for me.