John loves his brother's kid and is happy to babysit once in a while, but there are some hints that he was never seriously involved in raising him. Forgetting that Ionas still hears when they're not talking to him is a pretty good one.
And this is also something I hadn't planned but that came up as the scenes were being written. The team introduced during the previous chapter spending some time on a mission was part of the original plan, but the "wait one of them has an on-screen little child that will have to be shown dealing with it at least in passing!" bit became obvious later.
I could always handwave it by having Thomas phoning home and mentioning that they family's managing, but with John also being a main character, shoving the other relatives off-screen doesn't seem like the best course.
Really like the expression work with little Ionas =)
Thank you! :)
The expressions are nice. I stopped by to ask you a question about your environment drawings. Do you have a botany illustration notebook?
Your 'vocabulary' of plants is pretty large -- and mine needs to be larger.
Wish you well.
I'm sorry, I don't. If I want to draw a specific plant, I can look up pictures, but in general I draw natural elements as I remember them.