Octopus

While on a ferry to Ireland a couple of months ago I was inspired by the waves and landscape to digitally paint this image, featuring this quote by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Below the thunders of the upper deep,

Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,

His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep

The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee

About his shadowy sides; above him swell

Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;

And far away into the sickly light,

From many a wondrous grot and secret cell

Unnumbered and enormous polypi

Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.

There hath he lain for ages, and will lie

Battening upon huge sea worms in his sleep,

Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;

Then once by man and angels to be seen,

In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

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Watercolours 

Had a little play with water couples last night after not touching them for quite a long time. I forgot how versatile they are and how even kinda crappy pictures can be fixed with a dash of colour!  

 
I decided to redraw my mermaid who I previously drew digitally which was fun to do although it’s definitely not my best picture I’ve ever drawn. I had fun doing the textures on her hair and face however and like how some of the colours have blended

  
I also did a study of a scorpion fish I saw at an aquarium that I’m fairly happy with, though the line work could be a lot nicer.

Aye Aye

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Aye Ayes are one of the sadder species of animals I’ve read about. They are currently endangered partially due to deforestation and partially due to the fact they’re a little bit creepy looking. Local people kill them if they point their finger at them due to superstition.

One of the cool things about Aye Ayes (besides looking like a real life Jim Henson puppet) is on each hand they have a extra long finger which they use to wheedle grubs from trees (it has a ball joint so it can move it about as freely as an arm)