This is the scan from an acrylic painting I did last week for my dad's birthday. The style was inspired by a combination of Tadahiro Uesugi's digital paintings, and the sponge-and-stencil techniques of old Hanna-Barbera backgrounds.
I did a little digital color sketch before I started, to get the look planned out:
It was interesting to see the differences between painting the same thing digitally and traditionally. The value range was a lot smaller for the acrylic painting and some of the effects were too hard to achieve, but it definitely did help doing a digital sketch first to get the gist of what I wanted. Although I think next time I'll use a much smaller paintbrush to paint the final lines on the trees; it looks too sloppy and rushed as is.
Here is another digital color sketch I painted in the same style for this project. I chose the bear idea in the end because it looked more cheerful.
All in all, although none of the paintings are especially polished, I learned a lot and it was fun to experiment!