Illustrating The Fox and The Crow

This week I have been working on a cover and double page spread for one of Aesop's Fables, The Fox and The Crow and I thought I'd do a quick work in progress post. Here are some of my sketches and experiments.

One of the things I've picked out to illustrate is the point where the Fox thinks up his plan to trick the Crow into dropping her cheese. To begin with I'm working on the fox's expression and stance as well as his demeanour and presence. He needs to be cunning and plotting but not scary or malicious. Once I came up with a face and body shape I was happy with I found that cutting out his body parts was a useful way of changing up his pose to get it just right.