My initial brainstorming for the letter H ended up with a disconnected assortment of H words:
happy, humungous, hippopotamus, hairy, hammock, hero, hip-hop, hummus, home, heart
I ended up picking a few of my favorite words from that list: happy, hippopotamus, and hammock and started there.
I thought about where a hippo in a hammock would be happiest: Hawaii! This location conveniently brought along two more H words: hula and hibiscus...
And here is the finished H illustration: (the line in the center marks the page break)
Lesson Learned: Chalk pastel works very well over gouache for adding highlights and transparent washes of color. I used colored pencil to add detail later on, and I'm quite pleased with the result of this mixed-media experiment on cold-press illustration board.
Also, pattern is a great tool to help focus attention where you want it.