This piece, and my proposed text layout, was created for The University of Queensland's Properties and Facilities Division in Brisbane, Australia. This interpretive panel sheds light on the diversity of life in The University of Queensland's fresh water lake systems. I couldn't resist squeezing a jumping spider in the upper right corner. If you have been on my website or seen my work before, you will know I have a particular interest in jumping spiders.
Weasel War Dance
This piece depicts a unique behavior in mustelids, known as the weasel war dance. In this scenario, a stoat (Mustela erminea) uses the dance to confuse its prey, the much larger European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and get close enough for the death blow.
Photoshop and Illustrator
Pen and Ink
Black Oyster Catcher Washing Food
Behavior is one of my favorite things to illustrate. You can explain how you saw an animal perform an unusual behavior all day, but the magnitude of a behavior doesn't often hit you unless you can see it. In this instance I have witnessed many seabirds bring food from one location all the way down to the surf, to wash it off before eating it. In one instance, I witnessed seagulls on the Great Barrier Reef Preforming this action with caterpillars found on the interior of the island. This image is a scratchboard illustration of the oyster catcher that resides at the Monterey Bay Aquarium bringing its food from the back of the enclosure to wash it at the waters edge.
Gibbon and Human Hand Bones
This piece compares the hand bones of a human being to a gibbon. Gibbons hands have developed specifically for brachiation (swinging through the trees) as opposed to ours which have evolved to master tool usage. Photoshop and Illustrator