I've started a second concept for my Owl character and he has a name now: Parker (in honor of my son who this character is inspired by) 

 He will be holding a kite and be placed in the scene below...

He will be holding a kite and be placed in the scene below...

 background for Parker Owl on bike 

background for Parker Owl on bike 

The Gracie Brave project is gaining momentum as well! We have been brainstorming about the final 1/3 of the book. It's been such an interesting process for me as I am integral in the problem solving not only for the illustrations but also the budget considerations and flow of the story in general. Normally I would be told, "do this illustration", period. I feel much more integrated into the production of this project and it's been a great experience! 

 pigeon studies

pigeon studies

 

This is how I present the thumbnails and corresponding texts to the authors to help them see my vision: