This is a modified scene from the novel, Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. My wife and I were listening to the audio book of this story and a particular scene from the third chapter stood out to me. Here, we see the Water Rat guarding his friend, the Mole, who is sleeping in the hollow of a tree in the dangerous Wild Woods. After learning that his inexperienced friend had gotten lost in this notorious wilderness alone, the Water Rat arms himself with a pistol and cudgel and bravely plunges in after him. This drawing was a fun challenge as it involves several elements that are dependent on conveying a sense of depth and perspective (ex: the curve of the tree in the forefront, the interior space and shape of the Mole’s hollow, the trees in the background).
“The Wind in the Willows” (chapter 3, ‘The Wild Wood’) by Kenneth Grahame –