I need help picturing someone who’s eaten far too much!
This is probably a sign of my age, but the first thing that popped into my head when I read this question was Monty Python’s Mr Creosote, from The Meaning of Life. He’s a glutton who explodes when persuaded by a waiter to finish off his enormous meal with an after-dinner mint.
Although an exaggerated and overweight caricature for comic effect, his later lethargy induced by excessive eating perfectly describes what’s in my head. I want to avoid a caricatured, fat person though, so I’m going for some average build types to tackle. The idea is to have them slumped at the table, almost unable to move.
Putting the detritus from the enormous meal that they’ve just eaten around them should hopefully help explain what’s going on. I don’t want the viewer to think they are just drunk, so I’ll avoid any obvious evidence pointing to that. Their lethargy and slack jaws require other clues to be placed around. This scene is set during a Dark Age feast. They’ve been eating with their hands, which can be suitably grubby, and are too full to feel like even wiping their mouths. Bits of food and other stains are down their fronts.
These medieval diners are full up, not drunk, so I’ve avoided putting empty flagons of mead on the table.