This sketch was very rough. Nowadays I wouldn't attempt a painting without a tighter prelim. I'm also posting a copy of the sketch with my scribbled notes. The "send copies of Dals..." notation refers to the production people who were in charge of coloring assignments in 1986 and really didn't want to give the job to me, since I was a rookie. They wanted to see some samples of my coloring work before they'd give me the green light. The obvious question at the time was, "Who's better qualified to do the color guides, someone on staff who's never seen this story before or the guy who painstakingly pencilled and inked every knuckle, noodle and nostril on this 44-page comic?"
Once again, the scan of the original art is from the kind and generous Mr. Simon Miller. The horizon and reflection seem to disappear in the second scan and reappear in the third but like many of the effects in this story, they were inked on an overlay.
Back around 1986 or '87 I was asked to put together a group of illustrations for an art portfolio. I did several pencil prelims but I thought most of them fell short of the quality and imagination that would justify the "fine art" treatment. Soon, I got busy with other work and not long after that, the portfolio market tanked. The drawings went into a three-ring binder and were, for the most part -- forgotten about -- until I came across them recently. Here are two of the sketches:
One thing I liked about drawing this book was the larger DC art paper that was being used for the offset "Baxter" comics at the time. I had an extra inch or two which really helped with the fussy inking style I was using. Most of the fine lines held up much better than they would have on a newsprint, letterpress book.
I don't always do this before I start drawing a story but it seemed like a good idea on this project since I wasn't familiar with all of these characters and was trying out a pared down, less rendered approach. From 1987.