Having finished my first book, I now look to begin my next project. I decided to work on the design for the cover. This may seem premature, but it makes the new book seem very tangible for me. This image will also boost my morale when the inevitable artist/writer block slows my progress. This drawing also serves a practical purpose in my creative process. I helps me work out the general appearance of the main protagonists (otters!), level of realism for all the drawings, and general color scheme–a unifying feature throughout the book.