This was the very first sketch of the scene as I imagined it on a drawing pad last summer.
A few weeks ago I revised the original, added the other main character, and inked outlines and areas that would be in shadow. The next picture in the group I posted last week so won't do so now.
The first color washes continued to define the background while still allowing for either full or partial color of the toys and decorations.
Detailing added in the background and initial character colors done. Obviously, there's still lots of room to intensify the colors and shadows so that's what I did over the course of the next few days. I didn't do any more in between scans because the changes after this one are all pretty obvious even as the difference is notable.
Anyway, it's done and now I'm going to start working on another (and very different) story while this one and the others in the eventual series go back to the portfolio.
I hope it's not too cold and nasty wherever you are. Eustace wishes he could bring everyone the perfect gift.