Instead I am constantly having to check precisely how each creature was coloured last time. I find myself spending far more time referring back in this way, pretty much 'copying' my earlier versions of the creatures, than being freshly creative with colour and mark-making.
The last spread I showed you and the one above, which I recently finished, are both good examples. This one is the spread where Lion's 'swap-shop' idea is unveiled and they all rush in to look. Luckily, I don't think my frustration shows in the work and I am still really pleased with how it's come out:
With this problem in mind though, I decided I would next jump to the penultimate spread, the one where Julia's text says 'Later that night...', giving me the excuse for my sunset and a completely different set of colours. It's the spread that follows the one below, where I tried to suggest it was getting late, by cooling down the palette and adding a bit of mist to the trees:
The sunset spread is just as stuffed with detail and includes the full cast of characters again, but I have been looking forward to playing with my new colours and having fun with the reflections in the evening waterhole:
I'll keep you posted on progress!