While flipping through some old Saturday Evening Post mags today I came across this great little anecdote about Austin Briggs at the back of the May 9, 1953 issue:
A short piece in the "Keeping Posted" column about the process by which the artist arrived at the final composition for his story illustration therein, and one of his pencil roughs - apparently sketched on location, so to speak.
The Saturday Evening Post often ran these entertaining little "look behind the scenes" articles about their artists...
Its pretty fascinating to see the extent to which Briggs went to achieve the desired effect. If you'd like to read this short article, you can find a legible sized version here. Just click on the "All Sizes" tab.