There’s something you should know about me.
I like to draw whales. HOWEVER. When I draw whales, I always draw them…
with band-aids on their tails.
Yeah, I’m serious, and yeah, I know it’s peculiar. (and awesome)
And here’s why.
Burt Dow is a deep sea fisherman. One day he accidentally gets his hook stuck in a whale’s tail.
He pulls it out and puts a band-aid on the wound. But the other whales notice, and before long he’s surrounded.
Soon a surprised Burt discovers that they’re all eager to have band-aids stuck to their tales like the first whale! (Apparently that comrade of theirs was quite the war hero.) So Burt deals out band-aids to all the whales. I think I remember that some of the band-aids had stripes.
And they all lived happily ever after. Assuming the band-aids were waterproof.
So there you have it. A poignant history of art inspiration. Ask me to draw a whale for you sometime. 😉
“In person he was cadaverous and blackavized, and his hair was dressed in long curls, which at a little distance looked like black candles, and gave a singularly threatening expression to his handsome countenance. His eyes were of the blue of the forget-me-not, and of a profound melancholy, save when he was plunging his hook into you, at which time two red spots appeared in them and lit them up horribly. In manner, something of the grand seigneur still clung to him, so that he even ripped you up with an air, and I have been told that he was a raconteur [storyteller] of repute. He was never more sinister than when he was most polite, which is probably the truest test of breeding; and the elegance of his diction, even when he was swearing, no less than the distinction of his demeanour, showed him one of a different cast from his crew. A man of indomitable courage, it was said that the only thing he shied at was the sight of his own blood, which was thick and of an unusual colour. In dress he somewhat aped the attire associated with the name of Charles II, having heard it said in some earlier period of his career that he bore a strange resemblance to the ill-fated Stuarts…. But undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw.”
“Thus Wendy first laid eyes on the dark figure who haunted her stories. She saw the piercing eyes and was not afraid, but entranced.”