A couple of years ago, I drew a rough of this for one of the exercises in Drawing Words and Writing Pictures and, as I’m using it in an article, I’ve enjoyed working on a final version.
I traced my rough (below) in pencil onto layout paper, then scanned and added the colour in Photoshop.
I’m reading Teamwork Means that You Can’t Pick the Side That’s Right, one of Scott Adams’ Dilbert books and decided that I’d try graded backgrounds like he does, fading gradually from dark to light.
Hope that I’ll get the chance to try some more comic strips but I’ve got a lot lined up for the autumn.
The squirrel went from being demented in the rough to looking evil in the final version, which is a shame because that might suggest that he deliberately dropped the coconut shell. I was aiming at making him manically determined rather than evil.
Link; ‘The Pheasants are Revolting’ rough version, October 2012.