Going through the process of developing a panel for a strip can be hard work. We make changes, scratch what we start and try again. Here’s a close-up of a Charles Schulz Peanuts daily from September 28, 1951, within its first year. Notice how Schulz redraws both Charlie Brown and Patty in different poses until he found just what he was looking for. Click on image below for a larger version.
I do my drawings on separate paper and then trace the finalized drawing onto the bristol board to ink, but often times I redraw right on the paper. If there’s a lot of drawing it can be hard to erase. Schulz’s pencil lines are faint, but I’m glad he didn’t erase them out of existence!