This is an illustration for an article in the school paper about how to make a "mix tape" for your loved one.
This piece took me about two and a half hours from concept to finish. Below is a chart of my process work. Steps 8 through 14 are compositional studies depicting dancing music notes emerging from the "heart shaped box." In between steps 14 and 16, I deleted the dancing music notes, closed the lid on the box, enlarged the box, added a large symbolic note to the lid, and added a radial dissolving gradient. For some reason, I did not save any of those images.