I know that animals are important in the children's publishing business. Since I felt like I needed more of them to include in my portfolio, I put together an animal party this week. (And who doesn't like parties, especially when cake and presents are involved?) The first illustration is my first attempt to paint it. After a while, though, I thought the colors were starting to look a little muddy and opted to try again. I think I like the bottom one better. (It's the one I chose to put on my website.) What do you think?