I bought some new art supplies the other day in preparation for my upcoming summer science illustration class. I had to try them out, so I started working on a piece for the Ventana Wilderness Alliance raffle.
I used masking compound first to block out all of the white spaces on the bird, then shaded in the basic colors with watercolor. Once it all dried, I could remove the compound and paint in the details.
Check out Rebecca Helm's awesome blog about jellies. Jellies are just so beautiful, I might have to paint a few!
The flamboyant cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi) lives in marine muck habitats in the Indo-Pacific. As someone who loves cephalopods, it is a little ridiculous that I haven't drawn very many. I am using lots of stippling to try to capture the texture and pattern of the cuttlefish's skin.
Filling in with some more stippling. So many dots, and still many more to do!