One of the things I remember about school (maybe not in a fond way) were my maths lessons. Once my creative path was decided, I looked back and really wondered hard to the point of algebra and trigonometry. My earliest recollection as a child was the elementary approach by which schools introduce the counting process. This was the beginning, and to start it was a case of counting to ten. Now, it's hard to understand why counting to ten was set as standard. However, the notion that we have ten fingers or ten toes seemed a rational way to decide on the approach. Kids would use their fingers (or toes) to add up.
Whilst searching for new ideas for the 'animal behaviour' series, and living in a country where swimming in the clear, blue-green mediterranean can sometimes gain a chance encounter with the elusive octopus, a thought popped into my head. If a creature like an octopus were in need of counting, would they employ the human standard. Also knowing that octopus is derived from the Greek word χταπόδι, which translates as eight feet, then it does seem a little unlikely this creature would find any use in that. So, to draw full circle on the humour aspect of these illustrations, the idea popped in of an octopus trying very hard to use an antique counting machine to get to 'count to ten'. But, no matter what he taps into the machine the arithmetic comes out as eight, as you would expect.
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