I don't remember when or why this idea popped in my head. Perhaps it was when I decided to quit being so literal when painting animals and just let my giraffes be? I don't know.
It was probably in a meeting or something. Anyway, I had this thought of making this illustration while wanting to test out Kyle's Photoshop Brushes. I bought his first brushes but never tried them out because I was still using real brushes and real paint. But I finally worked up the courage to give it a go.