museum environments, illustration-Shedd Aquarium reef tank

A couple of sketches for the Shedd Aquarium. These were done as eye-candy for a press release when they restructured their main show tank. I had descriptions and architect elevations and plans to work from. The client also wanted particular elements incorporated into the pieces. The wanted them to show multi-ethnic patrons, a handicapped patron, and they wanted to show their, then, new gallery map. For the inner tank sketch, I chose a bird’s eye view- a dramatic view with exaggerated perspective and the best to fully show a smaller space. For the main tank, an eye level view to showcase the new designs scale and to make use of the “splash” of the back-lit tank and it’s occupants. Washing the scene in teal sells the idea of patrons in a dark gallery, viewing lit aquaria-

innertank color

bigtank color

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2 Responses to museum environments, illustration-Shedd Aquarium reef tank

  1. corlis schneider says:

    Hi, I love your sketches! I’m wondering what media you used, digital, marker, etc? Thank you.

    • stottsmonkey says:

      Thanks. Shedd reef tank is old school-markers on white paper. today I would do the same piece digitally (scanned ink line work, colored with Painter or Photoshop) for ease of changes and fine layer control.

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