Here's what I did today: (They are all still based on songs.)
I think it's really hard to see that the sailor is strangling the captain in the comp above... I might move the ribbons or give the sailor a knife or something... maybe make the whale bigger in comparison so it's less cramped. I don't know, but something has to change. Anyway, here are the preliminary sketches:
mariner's revenge sketch
"Swagger Like Us" (revised) and "Skulking Around"
One idea for a bird-girl... but... I don't love it.
Another bird-girl... I'm still not sold. Must keep sketching ideas...