Geez. Those tiny little speech bubbles make me think of those websites where people's avatars talk quite literally in speech bubbles. Conversations are confusing when it's like that, the bubbles take forever to fade.
Kotu does look older in this page. but very nice, non the less (spelling?). But as usual, the comic is eye filling, and very well-made. The last scene is very good and it gives us a certain suspense to whats happening next, witch is good in every kind of story.
I love the layout of this page; it makes me think something surprising is going to happen on the next page. I love suspense like that. xD The different fonts for (I'm assuming) different accents is a nice touch as well and, all in all, your anatomy is wonderful. The only thing that bothers me slightly with this is that Jaireth's muzzle in panels 3 and 4 look too short for the angle (It looks more like a felines to me). I tried to find some photos to illustrate the length better but all I could find was [link] which isn't quite the angle so I did a small red line if that was ok. [link] (The second was me dragging the muzzle a little to the right because I wasn't sure the red line was clear. ) It's just a small thing though; I'm looking forward to reading more pages as always. ^^
Lovely! You even got the arch of the shoulderblades into that last panel! Very nice. Yes, Kotu does look older in that panel... in all of them actually. not by much, but just a little. Maybe it's the fact that until this point, the emphasis has always been on his big, shiny eyes. He looks a bit more like a cat here.
Hey! I have a folder of tree and leaf brushes I use when doing backgrounds usually. A lot of GREAT and FREE reference photo's can be found at [link]
There are also some great brush packs you can find online that are free to use if you look around.
You can use those to either draw straight from, or turn them into a brush to have a fast template of sorts. Usually if the picture has a tree line in the distance, I will use brushes to lay down some quick trees, then draw in branches/ take away what ever I need to.
For the leaves I use pretty standard photoshop brushes, just with angle jitters and fades galore, lol.