Some of the spreads having been giving me particular difficulties. When layers of tracing paper fail me, I’ll scan the sketches and drop them into Photoshop so I can chop things up, move them around, drop in rough colour and draw loosely over the top of everything until I find a solution.
On another note – reindeer have the most fantastic antlers – they’re incredibly curvy, curly, asymmetrical and shoot off in unexpected directions. This was originally going to be a troika, but I’ve already got one horse on an early page and a reindeer drawn sleigh fit the calm mood better than a sleigh drawn by a trio of charging horses. Plus the reindeer antlers were way too cool to pass up and that decided it for me.