|a sampling of the preliminary sketches|
So I set about making my own version. I drew and redrew and redrew some more. I bet I have drawn this out over a hundred times and it is still not perfect! It is amazing how the tiniest variation makes such a difference when you are dealing with such a simple design. When I drew the camel too close to reality (much more spread out from head to tail) then the design wasn't as interesting. I had to compromise back and forth trying to perfect the image so that it was both recognizable as a camel around here and a pleasing design element. I wonder how many times Picasso drew his out. Probably only once... I guess that's what makes him Picasso! LOL!