It's been a long and difficult struggle, but we secured the very fine talents of Scott Ackerman to illustrate Critters, Creatures, & Denizens a few weeks ago and the project is now rocketing towards the finish line. The art is rolling in now and I'm adding it to the layout as fast as I can. Here is a sample: the art plate for chapter 1... Hope you like it as much as I do!
... because this was the alternative! Here's the 'scribble' as I call it, that I sent to him to convey my compositional ideas: