Drawing has begun, but it will be a little while until I have a page finished enough to share. Until then, here are some of the photo references I have chosen to represent some of the more important objects in the story.
Here is Iowa’s skeleton key:And the cowboy’s hat is a big Montana, as worn by the classical movie serial cowboy: (I adore the color combination on the felt, and the ribbon binding on the brim.)
I had no luck at all finding an image of a proper saddle for a large bird– apparently people who ride ostriches either improvise from horse equipment, and saddle seat/English equipment at that, or just ride bareback. So I am going to wing the saddle from the basic design of a Western saddle:Of course, I have way more moa references cued up than I have room for here. But for maximum creep-out factor, here is an actual preserved moa foot:Moab is not a creature to be messed with!