deep fish

I recently went with my friend Liz to the Shedd Aquarium for a little thing they call Jazzin’ at the Shedd. The doors are open into the evening hours, and a live band plays jazz music on a balcony that features a spectacular view of the city. The exhibits are accessible, but some of the aquariums are dark to let the fish sleep. In order to see anything, you had to peer through the glass. As your eyes adjusted to the blackness, you would begin to make out giant, scaly faces, serpentine bodies, or long, spiny legs.

I attempted to accomplish two things with this illustration. One: I wanted to experiment with a loose, scratchy line—similar to the style of Edward Sorel. Two: I wanted to capture the mysterious lighting of the exhibit, and the serene dream-like spookiness of the giant fish. I’m pretty happy how it turned out.