I really liked the solidity and shape of the trees and the leaves like little puffs of smoke. I don't do a lot of nature studies and I think that's because I have a tendency to hurry past those panels in graphic novels. The same goes for architecture. All that work that's gone into creating a two-three inch masterpiece and it barely registers because I'm in such a hurry to get to the dialog. The interaction of the characters has always been what interests me most, but as I work on this project and put so much into the world-building part of it, the more I see how environment shapes the conversations and personalities of the people the story is about.
I am going to chance a trip to the Dallas Zoo today. The rain is supposed to stop by 1pm so hopefully I will get four good hours of sketching in. The temperature certainly is perfect for it. With any luck I'll have some animal sketches to scan sometime this week.