The Christmas log-jam created a hold-up at my publishers, which I've found a little frustrating, especially as I can see that deadline chugging ever closer, like a stolid little tugboat, dragging Bologna behind it.
But luckily my editor at Egmont only wants quite minor changes to the original roughs, and all things I agree with: no resigned sighs or grinding of teeth necessary. Hurrah!
The main feedback was that many of the characters needed to look younger. It's a baby book and, whilst the animals are obviously child-age, my editor's right: they should, as far as possible, be 'toddlers'. This is fairly easily achieved: bigger, rounder heads, bigger paws, plumper bodies and shorter, chunkier limbs.
This one has evolved through various stages to end up where it is now:
And it's interesting: having not looked at the drawings myself for a couple of months, I saw several things I wanted to change too, mainly to do with the outfits they are wearing.
I felt these polar bears for instance, were much too naturalistic, and look much better now, with their cute sweaters.