This would have only taken me maybe a week or two, but I took a break of about two months after I decided it looked bad. During that time, I worked on better things, which Ill post later this month probably.
Anyway, I eventually went back to this one, and I think it turned out okay in the end especially considering how many firsts there were. For instance, Ive never painted a big cloud of smoke before, let alone a big cloud of smoke with magic picture bubbles in it
Besides the normal sphinx characteristics, you will notice four extra arms and a pair of antennae. I really cant say why, except that creatures usually do sprout new parts as they pass through my mind. I think there is something very primal about an insect-like number of limbs, as if to say I havent entered the physical world yet, so I can have as many of these as I like. A drawing of caterpillar-like people lying on a leaf (possibly by William Blake) once made a profound impression on me, if memory serves.
To avoid confusion, I will add finally that the green pig in the top left corner is a Mome Rath (© Lewis Carroll). Humpty Dumpty can tell you why. And the happy thing with no ears next to the Bedouin is a sloth. Sloths are pretty much my favourite animals.
Please do not use my art in any way other than to stare at it. Thankyou.