The final illustration was painted with gouache and coloured pencils.
Detail: Tormented animal's eye and factory pipes spreading across its body like a cancer. 
Detail: Factory pipes reaching ever deeper.
Detail: Dreadful clouds forming from the smoke produced by the factories.
Below I'm presenting some of concept sketches I made while developing the idea.
Pencil study of humpbacks. 
The sketch on the top is the first original rough drawing I came up with that has inspired the whole project. I was very moved by the idea and made another, more developed sketch (with a ballpoint pen) right below.   
At this stage I was considering a split view - above and below the see level. I've decided to abandon this idea for the sake of overall readability.  

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