"Illustrating a poem was a new experience for me. The Camel's Lament by Charles Edward Carryl, had a wonderful lilting cadence to its sentences. Delightful, and musical. To create a rhythm in the pictures to match the text was my goal. In this picture, the ungainly loping gait of the camel jouncing his mobile household while complaining all the while, was a wonderful image. I exaggerated the bounce, the strange anatomy of the camel and the enormous load in the drawing. Pushing those points gave me the spirited illustration I felt worked well within the context of the poem."