Okay, so the crew managed to sneak by the sleeping bears, but in this perilous corner of the forest I wouldn’t breathe easy just yet. Seems like the ever-diligent Bigfoot may sense trouble. And it’s nice to see Bigfoot’s lessons weren’t lost on Scout, whether the squirrel needed them or not.
For those of you who haven’t flipped through the back pages for a while, there are some references on this page that may require some visual reminders. Like when Scout’s prediction of a “giant, dog-eating monster” (back on page 37) eventually, more or less, turned out to be right.
Finally, here are the some process steps for this page. This first stage, my rough layouts, is where I do a lot of the dialogue writing. I just start drawing and the scribbles start talking to me. It’s first draft stuff and, you can see, it often changes by the time I’m lettering the pencils. Heck, sometimes it changes after I’ve colored the page.
Then it’s just inks, flat colors and, eventually, the finished page. I’ve been experimenting (on side projects) with using different programs for inking, looking for something that feels and looks natural to me. I may stick with my current process until the end of this story, though, so there’s not too jarring a change-over. If Book 2 ever happens, I’ll update you on the new process. Thanks again for stopping by. -v