Final project for the first quarter in the Science Illustration graduate program at CSUMB!
Assignment was a scratchboard piece of a specimen with context (some background or story to show behavior/habitat etc). I chose the lined seahorses (Hippocampus erectus
) after seeing them at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I really like how they use their tails to grab things!
Male at the top, next to two females. White blotchy patterns on these animals not added due to time constraints and the focus mainly on structural features.
27 hours of research and prep-work (taking photos and studying at the aquarium, research online, preliminary drawings, etc).
11 hours for the final rendering. Sea grass blades drawn freehandedly (no ref) and meant to be light colored/supportive compared to the dark seahorses.
Bombay black India ink on Essdee 19x12 scratchboard. #16 xacto blade and size 0 paint brush used as well. Art copyright me. For display only. Please do not use without my permission.