Ammonite Poster: Spira Mirabilis, carbon dust on paper, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
One of the first projects we did in class this year was to draw a crystalized fossil using carbon dust. For my poster from that project, I incorporated my enjoyment of math along with my ammonite drawing to explore how its spiral related to the rest of the universe, both large and small.
Squid Poster, watercolor, Adobe Illustrator
I repainted my squid for my final poster for my natural science illustration class and created this poster about the squid’s ability to change color.
My teacher suggested I put one of its tentacles into an extreme perspective, just for fun, so you can see one of the tentacles reaching out towards you — either you’re about to get “suction cupped” — or maybe it’s a friendly squid and you’ll just get high-fived!?
Also, she helped me understand watercolor glazing, so I added a light glazing of watercolor the squid’s mantle, especially, to reflect some of its opalescence and to get more of a sense of the rounded shape. So over it’s sepia base I added blues, purples, corals and pinks (cool and warm colors).
I added the film strip to give you a sense of how quickly and completely a squid can change colors. I put it onto the poster in a way that made it look like it was taped on in front of it, with a drop shadow and apparently hanging over the edge of the poster.
Here’s the new watercolor just by itself:
The Grasshopper’s Leap, colored pencil on Dura-Lar film, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Animate
This is the poster I made for my class project from my previous grasshopper drawings. I wanted to focus on how the grasshopper jumps, because they have a secret: they have a spring in their legs! They can jump 20 times their length, which for a person would mean being able to jump the length of a basketball court. They also, at liftoff, feel a force of 20-times the force of gravity (20-g’s). For reference, the space shuttle lifts off at 3 g’s.
Their muscles alone are not capable of generating this force; this poster explains how a bendy cuticle in their leg makes their leap possible.
I also wanted to do something fun with the poster and make the poster come alive by connecting it to the web in some way, so I added a QR code that, when you scan it, takes you to an animation I made in Flash (via Adobe Animate) of the grasshopper leaping. (I also animated the inclusion/close-up.)
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.
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.
Seahorse, graphite on Bristol
I wanted to draw a seahorse, because seahorses are cool. 🙂
Heron, graphite on Bristol (plate)
This is another bird we see on Orcas Island, especially along Crescent Beach just out of town.
Pine Siskin in Graphite, graphite on vellum
We see pine siskins sometimes on Orcas Island, so I drew this in their honor.