I went out to see the business while I was in the area (it’s owned by friends), and was able to take some reference photos and sketch the set-up (although this is a loose interpretation). Michael also sent me some photos of the local workforce in action, which helped!
I roughed out the layout (the square box lower left is where the Facebook profile photo sits) and penciled everything into place, then printed it out fairly large, taped it to the back of a sheet of A3 drawing paper and inked it over the lightbox.
Once it was inked and approved, I scanned in the line work, cleaned up the lines in Inkscape and coloured them in Photoshop, keeping the colours fairly flat so that they make sense at a smaller scale.
I’ve been working on a number of illustrations with northern hemisphere trees, recently, and on this one I had to consciously push the greens back towards silver.
The wild birds (magpies, sulphur-crested cockatoo, kookaburra) are all locals to Savour Soil, and the pumpkin is a Queensland Blue.