In this episode of “There, that’s better…”

For a while, I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was wrong with my initial illustration for Page 58, “Underground”.

I got caught up in the crowdfunding and left it behind for a while. When I came back, it struck me.

For starters, the ants are way too large. Everywhere else in the book, they’re not much bigger than Tama, and they’re cute. Here they’re almost twice times his size, which makes being surrounded  just weird and a little intimidating.

But I wanted a way to show a lot of ants, all the same.

So I had another go at this one, and the result is far better:

The ants are the proper size so I could fit many more of them in. So I can show them in many more fun poses like the rest of the book. The tonality certainly helps the composition’s depth, which was sort of there but not really working in the first iteration.

There are still some tweaks I might make to help the depth, but I can leave it alone for a bit and more on to some of the others that need some attention.