Help Sketchbook, Inc finish strong!!!
Thanks to everyone who helped me with this! Here is the larger image, followed by the progression of this idea:
I am almost embarrassed as to how bad some of these early versions are, but I am really happy with the end product. The initial idea actually sprung from frustration with not being able to think of a good concept. I wanted my sketchbook to be a factory that produced ideas!
Here comes the bad part...
Yes, the smoke coming out the top is supposed to be lightbulbs.. That was definitely a stretch haha. Decided to give up on the smoke and emphasize the concept by adding other elements to bring the sketchbook into context.
The eraser and sharpener weren't right yet, but I liked the concept and started to add details. The major epiphanies here were the ruler sidewalk and the introduction of the light bulb character. Major thanks go to roommate Regina for suggesting the ruler(I was like holy crap how did I not think of that, when she said it).
I liked the lightbulb dude but he still needed some work.
Finally got the lightbulb right and after that it was just detail work with the signs for the buildings, and a little rework of the pencil factory building.
Thanks to everyone who gave me feedback, your suggestions were invaluable and pushed me to work harder on this concept.