On newsstands today, Digital Artist Magazine issue 22, featuring this piece's Illustrator texture tutorial. www.digitalartistdaily.com
Textures were photographs I took around my house/yard/city. Balloon design and details based upon my Hideaway piece. Composition and direction, however, were provided by my editor.
In addition to the tutorial itself, you also get texture files from the photos I took in the disc that accompanies the magazine (yay!).
Tools: Illustrator CS5, Wacom Intuos4© 2011 Mary Winkler / Acrylicana™ and Digital Artist Magazine