(This was a strange time. I spent some time working on the illustration for this page, fairly happy with the color scheme and the way it was turning out. Oddly enough, at almost the same instant I completed it, the image for a second version leapt into my mind. It was a simpler and perhaps more cartoony take on the text, but I was very curious as to how it would turn out so I decided to draw an illustration for the same page again. After I finished both, I was torn. I'm not quite sure which I like best. They are both so different, yet I am fond of them both. I will only include one in this series and in the upcoming book though, so I do need to decide. I am leaning slightly toward one of them, while my wife prefers the other one a bit more. Do me a favor and in the comments section, let me know which one you prefer. I'm not promising I will use whichever one gets the most "votes," but I am quite curious to see what your reaction to these images will be. You can comment anonymously, I don't mind at all if you would prefer not to leave a name. I will probably put the one I am not going to use, the "alternate" so to speak, on the Art For Sale page. Oh, the size, media and date are the same for each piece.)
Title: You observe that in the ordinary swimming position of the Sperm Whale, the front of his head presents an almost wholly vertical plane to the water; you observe that the lower part of that front slopes considerably backwards, so as to furnish more of a retreat for the long socket which receives the boom-like lower jaw; you observe that the mouth is entirely under the head, much in the same way, indeed, as though your own mouth were entirely under your chin.
7.75 inches by 10.75 inches
ink and marker on found paper
July 27, 2010