The first time I went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium I was impressed with the grace and beauty of the Jellyfish. Shortly after my visit, I decided to start a portrait of the Sea Nettles, Chrysaora fuscescens, in charcoal but I didn’t get far before I was swept into my school work instead. I recently pulled out the picture I started and began adding charcoal again. Before long, I was craving for it to be in color. I decided to try out oil pastels and colored using the charcoal as a guide. This was an experiment so I was very pleased that it worked how I wanted it to. Oil pastels proved to be a finicky media but I’m happy with the final product:
This image started as a portrait in black and white and ended up becoming an underwater scene in color.