Reef Blitz Moreton Bay
On Sunday Hazel and I joined a Reef Blitz boat trip to Moreton Bay to St Helen Island to help with some citizen science. It was a joint arrangement by Reef Check, Coral Watch and Mangrove Watch, with each organisation providing lots of great information about how we can all help collect data for their research – please click on the links in this paragraph to learn more.
It was a great day out and being an avid scuba diver and lover of sea life I’ll definitely be looking at ways to help.
Oh yes, that was a quick sketch from a photo of an eel and turtle within the Coral Watch brochure 🙂
For more information follow this link
On Saturday I went to another great talk by Mark Carthew to learn further about his picture book creativity. It was a wonderful event with a High Tea afterwards where I conversed with other authors and editors. It put me on a height of inspiration afterwards.
So what does this have to do with my fishy illustration you ask? Well, one thing Mark likes his illustrators to do is put hidden things in each illustration so there are always new things to find every time a kid picks up the book. I have for awhile been playing around with the idea of ‘Where’s Fishy?’, an aquarium version of Where’s Wally. So whilst on the topic of hidden things I thought I would try a little illustration of this to see what you think?
Can you find Fishy?
|A fair few months I spied an exciting opportunity of providing illustrations towards a book called ‘Writers For Animals’, which is a collective of animal based stories.
The brief was to provide A5 sized illustrations in black and white tones.
All I had to do was to pick which stories I wish to illustrate!
|Fishing Is Cruel
First up, being a fish keeping and scuba diving enthusiast, it was very easy to pick a story that was based around fishing being cruel.
My second illustration that was published was for a story called ‘King Kong’ in which the titular character was actually a dog. So to play on the words, I thought it would be cool if the owner was actually taking the gorilla King Kong for a walk!!
To purchase the book form Amazon please follow this link http://amzn.com/1907335250
Last weekend we went to Stradbroke Island – absolutely beautiful! Not only did we see a koala and a kangaroo, but also a whole bunch of ocean wildlife to marvel over without even having to get wet!! We saw humpback whales, turtles, bottlenose dolphins and manta rays!!
So, as always, the sketchbook came with me and I just added some digital colour back at home to a couple of sketches:
Ptchhhh – the first thing you see and hear from a whale is the water being expelled from it’s blow hole, then it’s dorsal fin breaking the surface, and finally it’s caudal fin disappearing back into the water.
|Turtle under the surface
Hazel took some absolutely beautiful photos http://lunchtime-adventures.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/why-didnt-we-go-sooner.html
Continuing my cute fish theme I want to represent caring for your pet fish. It looks like these two fish are happy that the hand is providing them with a little natural habitat for them…
To see the full range of merchandise please follow this link http://www.cafepress.com/eddcross/8680295
PS Don’t forget the current discount code SHOPTM3 allowing you $5 off when you spend over $45!
Because I love all my pet fish (past and present). They are such brilliant little characters that bring me a lot of joy. I’m sure other fishkeeping enthusiasts love theirs too, and this is the perfect way to outwardly show that! To see the full range of ‘I Love My Fish’ merchandise in my store click on this link http://www.cafepress.com/eddcross/8667971