(prints and products at: society6.com/audreybenjaminsen)
I read Neil Gaiman’s “Ocean at the End of the Lane” this summer, and It completely got me back into reading.
This is my interpretation of one of the “Hunger Birds,” the willfully aggressive, world devouring varmints. When something is out of hand, or out of place, they devour.
They are the Cleaners.
The image of them was so clear to me, that I couldn’t help but try to put it on paper.
I also read that Focus Features will be adapting this story into a film that will be produced by Tom hanks and directed by Joe Wright. I would very much love to be a part of that.
1. I used Earth's ~12,750 km diameter.
2. I figured that in order to devour the Earth, this bird would have to have a throat big enough to swallow it.
3. I used the Pythagorean theorem to calculate the length of this bird in image pixels, and the width of it's throat.
4. I multiplied that number by 12750/(the width of the bird's throat in pixels)=12750/37.336309405188938679261573124082
5. Resulting length, including tail feathers (you wouldn't expect this): 472026.18027110077615393876546783 km=293303.47040228861955799304901117 miles
That's HUGE! I bet it would weigh in at 10 Jupiter masses. Such a bird would be big enough to disturb our entire Solar System, if it passed really close to the Sun. If anything, this would be the largest bird in the entire universe! I wonder how fast it would fly. It's even bigger than that planet "Nibiru" which, as I expected, turned out to be a hoax.
If I miscalculated something, please tell me and I'll fix it.
Goodness, Gaiman powers the imagination like really nothing else, does he? I just finished rereading "Neverwhere" (highly, highly recommended if you haven't read it) and I wanted to draw just about every scene in the book.
Wonderful work, as always!!