Important Details

dimensions: 8.25" x 5.75"

media: Watercolor / Digital

paper: 110. lb Vellum Bristol Board

About Benjamin The Newborn

This is one of the early full page spreads from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, depicting the newborn geezer. Though the original was a monochromatic watercolor, what we have here is the two-color version created for the book.

One of my favorite things about this scene really is the inclusion of a tag indicating the newborn's name, which as you may remember, is quite similar to the practice of tagging a corpse's toe in the morgue. While Fitzgerald mentions the tags on the newborns in the original text, the metaphor didn't really hit home for me until I actually had to draw it. The same thing happened to me when I read The Outsiders and realized Sodapop was actually a human, rather than just a really important beverage.

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