Seashell in Graphite and Carbon Dust

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Seashell 1, Graphite on Bristol

I started my classes for the Certificate program in Natural Science Illustration at the University of Washington, and this is one of the first assignments — to draw a shell in graphite and also in carbon dust.

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Seashell 2, Carbon dust on Bristol

I’m still getting the hang of carbon dust. The technique is¬†cool, because you paint the dust onto the paper with a brush! I’m going to do more drawings to practice getting a smoother look.

Orthoceras

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Orthoceras, graphite on Bristol

I wanted  to try something paleontological, so I composed this scene of a little orthoceras (a nautiloid) living among marine plants about 450 million years ago. So many  drawings of life in the Paleozoic era show lots of attacking going on, trying to show the survival of the fittest at work; I wanted my orthoceras to have a moment of peace, so I tucked him safely in some seaweed.