This is so like the finished picture for the opening page of The Midnight Hare, I think I must have scanned the drawing early in the process, as the proportions and imagery are so similar. The stripes of the paper are very obvious, I used pastel paper because it was the only paper I liked that came in books – I always seem to work on blocks or drawing books, not on single pieces of paper. I had to use Photoshop to get rid of some of the corrugated look when the illustrations were painted. I actually scanned a section of the paper the same size as the finished pages were to be, and then copied and pasted the artwork on to this using Photoshop, so that the margins of the design were without these lines. Also it gave a very clean look to the margins.
There was an earlier picture, which I gave as a present to a friend, which had Milo with his back to the camera, so to speak. I was going to use this in the book but then changed my mind, as I wanted his face to be seen in the first painting.