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Prehensile tails - Seahorses by MissNysha Prehensile tails - Seahorses by MissNysha
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! :D 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.
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Elentarri Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I love seahorses and yours are beautifully drawn!
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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Evil-Imp-Queen Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
I adore this beyond comprehension! I don't know what it is about sea horses but they carry a sincere elegance about them that makes me feel like they wrap their precious lil tails around my heart.

This creation of yours is pass unfathomably Extraordinaire!! I would love to buy this from you. <3
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, thanks so much! <3 Really glad you like it!
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DutchOrca Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully detailed work, I love seahorses!
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :3
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JRigh Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
It's the silliest thing, but it never occurred to me that their tails were prehensile! That is just too cool! Thanks for sharing (and the newfound info)! :love:
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hehehe yeah! Observing them grasp grass (and each other!) was quite amusing. :D
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Procadeath Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're so elegant. You captured them nicely and the wavy grass helps to regain the calming effect they can have.
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :3 The wavy grass was freehanded (but I went through a lot of revisions)! Glad you like it.
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KaytlynES Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sooooo sweet! <3
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konaexpress Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Love this!
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CodeTenshi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome as always!
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D
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VoodooBizkit Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow i really love the details in this picture, very cute. I love Sea Horses^^
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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VoodooBizkit Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anytime!^^
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