California Sheephead

Subject matter:

Semicossyphus pulcher is a species close to my heart. I spent two years diving with California Sheephead while teaching at Catalina Island Marine Institute. The concept of sequential hermaphroditism (gender change) always blew students' minds so it seemed a great topic for an illustration. Also, these fish are gorgeous. 

Process: 

sheephead concept.jpg

First, a concept sketch.

I started with the text/illustrations I knew I wanted to include, then improved the design and settled on the bottom image. I chose a square format so it would look good on Instagram (shameless, right?)

 digital ink with tall abbey font

digital ink with tall abbey font

 digital watercolor using Kylebrush

digital watercolor using Kylebrush

 Finished artwork

Finished artwork