Ooo! Ooo! Do I get some sort of No-Prize for having two (maybe three) references to the topic in a single illustration?
Crap. I never win nothin'
So, I decided to stick with flat colors because shading it, even cel-style would have muddied it. The background is a cheat, but it needed... something. Whenever I use any kind of gradient/airbrush when shading in photoshop, I feel like I'm cheating. I'm not sure why, but it does.
I was originally planning on having this character surrounded by wolves. Maybe at a wolf cocktail party. But Sweet Enemy pointed out the Far Side-ness of that and a stuck with portrait. There is certainly nothing wrong with The Far Side, but it wouldn't have been a good enough joke for an homage.
I also want to share that I got a new toy. I've gone backwards in time and bought a Twin-Lens Reflex camera. Does anyone else use one of the marvelous things? Oh, feel the mechanical goodness!