Finally, page 6. I’ve been resting a minor injury to my right wrist today, but it finally worked its way out enough by late this afternoon that I was able to do some drawing. And this was a tough one that would have taken a long time anyway.This is living proof, if you needed it, that I am not a scientific illustrator. This is not a moa skeleton; it is a cartoon moa skeleton. Or is it the skeleton of a cartoon moa? Either way, it shows the simplified anatomy and the big feet/big head proportions of a cartoonified character– sort of like Jack standing next to him. That’s one of the reasons he’s there. A real moa’s head is tiny; I always figured the Moab’s would need to be slightly exaggerated to help him express emotions that a real moa probably never felt.
The other reason Jack is there is because so many of the moa skeleton pictures I found on Google Image search included a human figure for scale, so many that the skeleton looked sort of naked standing there alone. I do plan to tweak the emphasis in the inking. The skeleton will be pretty much a pure white against a medium dark background of leaves, while all of Jack’s clothes will be shaded or black. I may even hatch in his hands and part of his face (which I hardly ever do) so the only pure white on the figure is Jack’s forelock. This will help make sure the splash page reads as a picture of a skeletal moa, with Jack, rather than one of Jack looking at a skeletal moa.