Normally I don't have many behind-the-scenes stories to tell about my comics - most chapters are written so far in advance (years, in some cases) that I can't remember what inspired them. (And maybe no one cares?) This chapter was different, because it was spontaneous - the first page was a originally all there was supposed to be. I had the idea back in April, but set it aside because of my rule about wolf-Mary being a Halloween-only thing.
After posting the first page, asked what Daisy's werewolf form might be. I couldn't resist - "A corgi, of course!". I was joking, but the idea was too cute not to draw.
Daisy's parents were last-minute additions to the second page. Like corgi-Daisy, Lily's reaction was something I couldn't resist, although it made it more difficult to fit everything onto the page. I hadn't bothered to sketch a page layout before drawing any of the panels.
Since my one-page gag was now a multi-page story, it needed an ending. More importantly, it needed an ending that would sweep the entire thing under the rug. One of my rules - usually in regards to pinups - is that nothing is canon unless I put it in a comic. Since wolf-Mary isn't supposed to be canon, I'd backed myself into a corner. Having the whole thing be one of Violet's ideas seemed like the best fit, even if it's too close to the "it was all a dream" cliche. It also gave me a chance to use another gag I'd been sitting on - Mary's info-dump, and Daisy & Vi's reaction. The downside is that that bit was meant to be the ending to a whole different story...
In between the second and third pages, an Android update slightly broke Sketchbook Pro, forcing me to upgrade to the newer app. The new features are nice, but one thing keeps the app from being perfect. Details are on Tumblr.
I was hoping to draw more of corgi-Daisy before posting the final page, but ran out of time. An animation job came my way just as I was finishing the first page, and it kept me busy for most of the month. Now it looks like I'll be busy with more work for at least the next couple of months, so those corgi-Daisy ideas may have to wait until next Halloween...
Corgi-Daisy isn't the only casualty of my sudden influx of contract work. Pretty much all of my plans for the next three months are now sidelined. The "Dark Corner" follow-up starring Candice, finishing the face rig on Daisy's 3D model and starting on her chest... I'm glad to have paying work, but my brain is getting blue balls.