2012, Pen and Ink, Photoshop, Illustrator
This poster for the general audience teaches what the lionfish looks like, where its native and non-native habitats are, and reasons why it is a threat to a healthy ecosystem in the Atlantic.
It is most probable that the first red lionfish introduced to the Atlantic Ocean were exotic pets or displays. They either were released into the ocean by a pet owner or from an aquarium exhibit suffering damages from a hurricane. The population of red lionfish has exploded since the early 1990s and in some areas has grown 10-fold in the last few years. The red lionfish is now one of the most common fish to be seen in the affected areas of the Atlantic. One way to help control the lionfish population is to catch them and eat them. There are numerous restaurants that are beginning to serve lionfish in Florida and along the Atlantic Coast.
Why Scientific Illustration?
When drawing fish, I make sure to get the overall shape and the lateral line correct. Then I add the fins and face, then the details. Since lionfish varies in shape and color from individual to individual, I studied a number of different photos of different lionfish in different natural poses to create an idealized specimen. This poster is an example of layering images and text to maximize the use of the art area to pack as much information as possible without getting busy.
Exhibits, Uses, Collection
2013 GNSI juried exhibit
11 x 8.5 Archival Quality Prints available. $35 print only; $75 matted print