The core of this idea came from learning that one meaning of “ruminate” is “chew the cud” for ruminants, e.g. cows and goats, and that “ruminant” comes from their multi-chambered stomachs, including a large “rumen”. From there I had the idea of contrasting my own “rumination” in the form of a brain diagram. Happily enough, brains actually do have four main compartments, which worked very nicely for consistency purposes.
I deliberately went a very different color scheme/style than I usually do; at one point I was thinking about the old Toejam & Earl games and how vibrant their colors were, particularly in the “hyperfunk zone” levels. I was going to draw a bunch of symbols in the backgrounds of each panel (e.g. cow spots on cow, exclamation points / question marks for the brain), but ended up not doing it. I did however borrow a color palette from one of the TJ&E games. I thought with that color palette, a nice flat look without too many details worked best; I didn’t want to take away from the actual words and arrows on display with a bunch of irrelevant details.