Commissioned piece (work-in-progress)

This is a piece for David, a friend and fellow children's book author (you can see his excellent book HERE). David also happens to be the principal at Great Lakes Elementary in West Ottawa, the same school where my sister teaches.

David asked me for a piece that depicts the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, and also includes an Ethiopian angel. After a little bit (A LOT) of research into these elements, I settled on this composition: 

I'm trying to integrate my own style into a traditional Coptic Ethiopian style. It's been very interesting learning about the coffee ceremony and Ethiopian iconography. 

 Roasting and grinding beans,  pouring the coffee

Roasting and grinding beans,  pouring the coffee

 Traditional incense burner with the first little bits of pen work. 

Traditional incense burner with the first little bits of pen work. 

I've started adding watercolor, so pics of the finished piece soon (hoooopefully!).