All of the stories were cool, and two months stood out to me. But in the end I decided on February, maybe because I started the work in that dreary month. After getting some portfolio advice from Adam Rex (pictured above), I decided to try something a bit different. I composed a picture with very little drawn detail, and it turns out that using pencils on Arches Hot Press paper gives a sort of grainy, old-film texture that was perfect for the scene I'd envisioned, inspired by Gaiman's words.
The story, February Tale, begins like this:
Grey February skies, misty white sands, black rocks, and the sea seemed black too, like a monochrome photograph, with only the girl in the yellow raincoat adding any colour to the world.
Here is the work in progress: