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I switched (permanently) to a larger 11x17 page format for this story, so that's why the lines all got smoother. I think here it looks almost too clean to me. I really had to figure out how to fill the space from here. The first thing I did was switch back to hand lettering and go really bold. This pretty close to where I landed on lettering. It got comfortable and less labored-over the more I did it. I always encourage my students to hand-letter, especially when their balloons and panel borders are hand-drawn. It looks more organic, it's a good tool to have in a cartooning toolbox, and it makes for a good original page. It also helps (me, at least) in committing to the final dialogue. Nothing digital feels permanent to me, always a chance for desperate revision. It's good to commit. It's a skill separate from drawing itself that should be cultivated alongside. You can get thousands of pages drawn that way.