I like panel 1, though I worry that all the trees/foresty panels tend to look generic.  This is the second longest I’ve ever worked on a single project, and I feel my artistic boundaries slowly, and sometimes painfully stretching.  Like trying to blow bubbles into that inherently stale yellow-wrappered bubble gum you pick up off the street at parades.  I love that stuff, but it makes my teeth hurt and my jaws cramp.

And drawing new stuff makes my brain hurt and my hand cramp, so it’s pretty much a perfect metaphor.