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Global Invasion by ReneCampbellArt Global Invasion by ReneCampbellArt
Edit: Unfortunately this piece was not selected as a finalist in the prestigious competition. There were 627 entries and four judges and I didn't quite make the cut for the 100 or so that get exhibited as finalists. Regardless, I will be trying again in 2018 and hoping to enter this piece in similar exhibitions or galleries this year.

Entry for the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2016.

Entry description:
"Invasive marine species can impact on native biodiversity and human resources, with the European shore crab, Carcinus maenas, being the classic example. The carapace markings represent the global establishment of marine bioinvasions, which are increasingly prominent in a hyper-connected world."

Dimensions: 65 cm x 102 cm

Materials: Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour on Arches hot-press paper (365 GSM)

Time taken: 45 hours


Phew, done! Two weeks of intensive work but I am glad it's over (and happy with the result considering it's my third watercolour painting for about six years).

My entry for the prestigious Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2016, held at the South Australian Museum. It's going to take about a month to hear if I'm selected to display at the exhibition as a finalist (fingers crossed) so I will get the piece framed and mounted while I wait. This was for the 'Emerging Artists' category, as I have not yet had a solo exhibition. 

I went for the title 'Global Invasion' in the end as I want viewers to think about marine bioinvasions as a whole, and because by definition, humans are THE most invasive species. Wasn't fair to put so much responsiility on the little crab!

Also, the crab's maximum carapace width is 9 cm, so the final is not to scale or that would be scary. And P.S. I did NOT forget New Zealand, it just didn't fit because of the carapace shape. 

Time to clean the palettes and sleep. Not drawing another crab for a looooooong time.

EDIT: The original post was a bit over-saturated by accident. This version is closer to the true colours of the piece.
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Amemo25 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
greaT !!
SheFreak33 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016
Excellent, excellent, EXCELLENT! 
Endermen-DrawingCrew Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Student Artist
This kind of reminds me of Springtrap.
ReneCampbellArt Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Professional General Artist
This kind of reminds me of an invasive crab species I study.
Endermen-DrawingCrew Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Student Artist
Aah, gotcha.
Actually, I think I've seen this type of crab before 0-0
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
drawn2pencils Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well my fingers are crossed for you too.  This is a wonderful piece, composition, color, symbolic significance all just great.  Best Wishes with the entry.  Swingin' On a Star _revamp_ 
DemiAmuca Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
this is amazing! o.o.. just wow! 
Great job on this piece, the details are stunning, it looks like a photograph at first sight o.o
PandiiVan Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016
This is awesome... it Looks like a photography and when i zoomed in, i was just :wow: How did she draw this!? XD
really well done, I loe the Colors, th reflection and amount of Detail. it Looks so realisitc!! Great! :clap:
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March 17, 2016
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