A lot of reworking goes on at various stages of the illustration process. If I’m working in oil, it happens a lot during the painting process. If it bugs me, it gets scribbled over until it bugs me a little less. It’s inevitable that some things will never be quite right – but there’s a printing schedule to adhere to so stuff has to be pried out of my hands and shipped out the door at some point.
The colours in this photo are a bit grey. It’s a much cheerier palette in person. Let’s hope that comes through in the final scans.
This is another detail from a page in the current book-in-progress.