Thanks for the arm shots Steve, that's going to help alot.
I know Clyde Roper has written the definative paper on these guys but I have not been able to find it online.
Here's that pencial sketch again. Almost done with the painting (helps having a place that I can post to and get feedback).
You'll notice that I have faintly sketched in that this squid has been snagged on the feeding tenticles of some much larger squid. I'm not to sure about the accuracy of this but I wanted to give a reasonable excuse for it to be flashing, and thus lighting the otherwise dark scene.
I've just completed and posted my Taningia Danae painting so it should be up in the gallery's in a couple of days. Any feedback/critiques are more than welcome. This is the first in a series of deep sea squid illustrations that I am doing for (hopefully) publication.