@Phil: dire text indeed. All mushed together at one side, as if they painted Necky the Swan first, and were left with limited space.
It’s not just the neck of that animal that bothers me. It’s more time-consuming than difficult technically to do birds’ wings. But, in sharp contrast (or sharp focus?) to the remainder of the realistic cover, the artist turned the wings into broad-stroke smears. Possibly so she could put more time into her signature?
The nekkid dude is really rather well-executed, though. Perhaps we are to assume that he is the only ‘real’ thing in the picture (as supported by the fact that his leg extends out of the frame), and that the swan and the rest of it is dreamed up by him as he… er, touches himself.
@Deadstuffwithbigteeth: I think the artist did put a lot of work into the swan’s wings. If you look, you can see she has the feathers arranged properly, with shadows of the quills and the multiple layers of feathers all with light shining from behind. It’s quite impressively done, really.
Not much reaction on his part though. I know if I were in his place the scene would skew toward chaotic scrambling rather than composure. He must get buzzed by massive golden swans on a regular basis. Or he’s finally gone blind.
@A.R.: Your kilometrage may vary, but I am still of the opinion that The Fetch was queerer than folk. Maybe if the swan were eyeing the hunk, and/or there were another phallic rock formation in the background, I might change my mind.
@admin: After flipping back to Merlin’s Ring, maybe there should be subdivisions within Strange Animals? Birds of a Different Feather, Rodents of Unusual Sizes, etc.