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Bright Lights Death City

I recently watched a documentary about light pollution and it really struck a nerve. It's seriously messing things up all over the planet. One story was about how little baby sea turtles who are hatching on the beach get confused by lights from the city and they die because they're supposed to go into the water towards the horizon but instead wander towards the light.


I thought of making Death into a character like a sideshow barker luring the turtles toward the light.




But then I remembered the great, iconic illustration by Tenniel in Through the Looking Glass where the Walrus and the Carpenter trick the little oysters. It was an "Ah ha!" moment.


So I drew this:


But realized it looked like he was showing the turtles the ocean so I flopped it. I assembled it all in Photoshop and then colored it. Here's the final:



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