Oh dear. I’ll give Masha this at least–she has the imagination of a true bureaucrat.
I wanted to push to the limit the pencilled backgrounds and go for a real storybook illustration vibe. I drew a truck that I later discovered was anachronistic and had to start panel 2 over again. Finally I decided to cut some corners and keep the backgrounds minimal in panels 3-4, and recycle the bridge background.
After the positive response to the muted (or non-black) inks on “Friendly Advice,” I decided to try the same effect here, and it does help the figures blend better with the pencilled backgrounds.