Another post in the series "Reference Informs and Inspires!" I have quite the collection of reference photos I've shot over the years in various places and I thought it would be fun to share these. Reference is so important to artists and illustrators, both for specifics and inspiration.
Today's reference comes from my trip last summer to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This is a pretty sweet aquarium. If you're anywhere near Monterey, it's totally worth the drive (although I'm not sure if I personally would travel a very long distance JUST for the aquarium). If you're in Northern California or plan on visiting anytime soon, make sure you take this place into consideration!
beautiful sea anemones...
There are plenty of exhibits and displays in the aquarium, but I was really there for the jellies. They did not disappoint.
their color and movement was beautiful to watch...
I hadn't realized how many different variations of jellyfish there are...
I loved the squashiness of this one, especially how it changed in appearance when it moved.
These were super transparent and gorgeous. I'm pretty sure they were called ghost jellyfish or something.
It was a great experience and I took a ton of reference photos--although I still feel like I could have taken more. I was visiting with family so I felt a little bad dragging behind taking my 90th picture... but there's just so much to see!
If these photos inspire you I'd love to see what you create!