This was made as a commission for somebody to print to decorate a wall of her house. She requested it be beach wildlife themed and sent me a list of subjects to potentially include. After sending a few different options my idea of a pelican looking down at a shore from up in palm trees was the one chosen. The original sketch for it is below. The beach was originally going to be much further away from the foreground (a person can be barely made out in the upper right corner for scale).