#2: The sleeping dragon
I really am a fan of working in blue ballpoint pen. If I were to try to find a reason I suppose I'd point out that it allows for a nice variation of darkness like a pencil does, while having the blessing and curse of being permanent. On one hand, mistakes, and there are several in this picture, are there for good, and you have to try and work around them the best that you can, and in the end, some will be stuck there no matter how hard you try to fix them. On the other hand, you don't have to worry about smudging, and the fact you can't go back and fix things can be a blessing since it's far too easy to get diverted trying to get something to look 'right' and then never finish the picture.

There's something more in there, a straight up enjoyment of working in ink, and particularly in oddly colored ones that I've never really adequately explained.

I can already see myself getting in trouble though with the idea of doing notes on these. I enjoy doing sketches of ideas for moments in the strip. How much can I really describe of their contents then? More than just being an issue of spoiling surprises, it commits me to a degree to using the idea, and using it in the way that it's written.

That's not how I work though. I have ideas for neat places the plot could go. But something else always comes up with the characters. I get them into the proximity of the idea and suddenly things start to change. Once I'm actually there, closing in on the moment, I have a better view of what the characters are thinking right then, and in letting them act as I see them as doing so rather than how would be convenient for getting them over those final steps, they sometimes end up someplace completely different.

I suppose that's a lot to say from how little of this particular strip I've done, but as a general observation of years of writing, it is how things work for me.

So I don't have a lot to say about this. It's just a glimpse of an idea.