I began drawing everyone in charcoal, scaled so that they would fill the panel.
I wasn't so keen on how that turned out. I've noticed that if it is at all possible I tend to omit any contextual information from my drawing (like where the characters actually are!). I forced myself to scale down the characters and add a little bit of information about the room they are in.
As usual I started the drawing with the the focal point... no good working for hours only to mess that bit up!
That done, I added the rest of the characters and attempted a couple of staircases and a door. Got to practise doing that sort of thing more often!
Moving on to the next row, I began with the image on the right then drew the other two. The right hand one seemed the most likely to go wrong... but it didn't. Hurray! I think that little panel is one of my favourite pictures from the whole commission. Curiously, when I look at it I think of the soccer player Michael Owen discussing his retirement. That was playing on the radio when I drew it. I listen to spoken word a lot when I'm drawing and I find that the two things get mingled in my mind so I can't see or hear the one without thinking of the other. Viv pointed out that this is what they do in A Clockwork Orange!
Now I had to do the last panel. The previous lot had gone well so I started to get afraid I would ruin it. This is never a good place to be when drawing ^-^! I drew the character of the inquisitor first, thinking him the most important... and sure enough he went wrong, not catastrophically wrong just walking potato wrong. I contemplated starting the whole thing again but that seemed like going a bit far so I just pressed on anyway and tried to lose him in a bit of a crowd.
Finally I added the protagonist being dragged away in the background... here's how it turned out in the end:
Actually there is one little thing missing. In the middle picture the inquisitor is holding a scrap of the periodic table when he asks, do you know what this is? I almost forgot to add that before the piece went on display.