We are nearing the 2nd act break, and what Blake Snyder termed in Save the Cat, the dark night of the soul. This is where the main character hits his rock bottom, and wallows in hopelessness, before setting off to the 3rd act and climax of the story.

With that in mind, my outline called for Chaplin and the gang to go to London to finish the picture, primarily out of the need to get Charlie closer to the front lines, and away from the comfort of his studio and home. I needed to strip Charlie of everything and push him to his emotional and physical nadir.

Originally, the studio burned down, and he flew to London to finish it. I jumped past the journey and went straight to the destination.

While doing research on Errol, I read about his love of sailing and especially his most prized possession, his yacht The Zaca. And since I am always looking for a reason to make Dexter work harder, and draw something new, I decided to make him draw a schooner complete with rigging and other nautical stuffs.

I think I inadvertently whimpered when I first saw this page. I’ve been working with Dexter for quite awhile now, and have seen quite literally 1000 pages of art from him, and yet this page floored me.

I mean, just look at it.