The illustration style I've chosen for my books owes a lot to Golden Age fairy tale illustrations. Fairy tales and myths have visual conventions associated with eagles. Eagles in fairy tales are always large (see the giant eagles in the "Lord of the Rings" movies) and frequently magical. The eagle in my books is a rather major character and the illustrations that include him have to show him as being visually important. This adds another layer to getting the size differential between the two characters just right. At the moment, I’ve got something in final pencils I think works pretty well. Of course I won’t know for sure until I’m done with the final inks. ;-)
Several years ago I did a sketch of these two characters for one of the chapter covers of Privateer Princess that we never got to. It'll give you an idea of the two characters.
|Privateer Princess Mile Cover Sketch|