Isn’t it odd sometimes how we find inspiration in the strangest of places? And isn’t it even more peculiar the things we find fascinating? I don’t remember when it started, but I have a preoccupation with sharks. Here lately, the interest has bled into all things nautical (including everything from octopi and pirates to mermaids and sea turtles).
As a result, the things I have been drawing are not only from my imagination, they are also from large bodies of salt water. I have been drawing large tentacled creatures, reminiscent but not anatomically representative of an actual octopus. In addition, I have been sketching over and over (like the crazed repitition found in Close Encounters of the Third Kind) a tiny little fish with big lips and bubbles. Also, I drew a mermaid and a beautiful, elegant fish that would seem to fit in more in a large aquarium than with the predators in the deep blue.
I just got back on Saturday night from spring break Las Vegas (where I drew all these things during the downtime on vacation). I didn’t get to go until the end of the trip, but I can’t help but thing that the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay provided a good bit of inspiration for these sketches.
And, as usual, I’ll post the pictures when I take some. I really need to do that.