It's been years since I've filled up a sketchbook, so this was a great exercise, to get myself back into drawing regularly. Old fears did crop up, as there is nothing more terrifying as a blank sketchbook, or needing every page to be "perfect". Once I got started though, the creativity started flowing again, and it ended up being a really fulfilling experience.
With this particular project, I picked the "Underwater" theme as a starting point, with "Textures" being a secondary theme. I adhered vellum and parchment tracing paper into the book as the foundation for my chosen medium of art markers. While still in art school, I started using markers just for designerly renderings, but found I enjoyed using them more as a fine art medium - you can really layer them in a painterly manner, because it glides so nicely atop the vellum surface, where it doesn't immediately absorb. I chose this medium and technique because of the watery effects you can achieve, to go along with the theme. My intention initially wasn't necessarily ocean life because I hadn't really wanted to do literally underwater - I was just thinking I'd do dream-like watery abstractions. But, the wide variety of textures and vibrant colors of deep sea life just lent themselves to the medium and the theme, and besides, I have always loved the ocean so I didn't fight it. The jellyfish family were the most fun to interpret, the translucent membranes are fascinating and so visually stunning.
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