As for inking, I backed off further yet on feathering and texture and spent more energy on thick outlines and finer quick flicks of detail throughout. Hoping by far the look to be impressionistic and more reliant on the complicated coloring that I had in mind.
The coloring...for all my efforts to venture into Mitchell Hooks/Bob Peak/Robert McGinnis territory I was shunned. Half the look is based on the medium that they use...well maybe half I don't really know. What I do know is that I wasn't prepared to color that way on sequential art as the story beats change sometimes on the same page. Things were a bit disjointed and as a whole fought with each other. We usually see their work as a single piece of illustration. Sure that's my excuse but then there's guys like Bill Sienkiewicz who thrive...I am not Bill Sienkiewicz. I can barely spell it.
All in all I did push my coloring and tried new things. Well maybe they're not so new since I think some of them were done in North Country. Regardless...I think it worked okay, and being a back-up story, if it didn't no one's going to notice anyway.