Mother Of Pearl by cardiocentric

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I am almost in awe that this turned out the way it did. I’m notorious for beginning something extremely complicated, and halfway through something disastrous happens to it. This is my final for Drawing I this semester. He told us we needed to do something “big” that “took a lot of time”. Well, those shells themselves took hours and hours to complete on their own, so I factored it in with the time it took to do the mermaid and the surroundings… around 3 days total. After doing many random india ink/watercolor pencil shells, I decided I’d incorporate them into my final’s design. I have a strong admiration for mer-creatures, and enjoy drawing them whenever I can. The myths about them remind me a lot of my life. With blind lust and excitement, I drag things I desire down to sea with me, in my world. Whether they adapt or drown is completely up to fate. The seashells were collaged atop one another, and the rest is india ink and watercolor pencil.

18″×24″ Turquoise/Magenta/Yellow India Ink/Watercolor Pencil
on Bristol Board.


ocean, india, water, mother, woman, underwater, ink, fantasy, color, cool, underworld, pearl, symmetry, mermaid, merfolk, organic, magenta, circles, seashells, turquoise, conch, clam, watercolor, oyster


  • Alexandra Felgate
    Alexandra Felgateabout 5 years ago

    This is truly beautiful Lee, well done. You are really getting a handle on watercolour pencil as a medium, and combined with the india ink making something truly your own. I think I would Recognise a “Cardiocentric” anywhere!!

  • I’m so glad you think I’m getting better with those pencils. I hope so, I’ve been testing out new techniques with them… like dipping them in water and then using them, which I had no idea about until my friend Victoria [See VSVisionz] told me about it. Yay, I’m glad you think I have a unique style… I strive to stand apart.

    – cardiocentric

  • Ash180470
    Ash180470about 5 years ago

    those shells especially are beautifully done and nicely put together. love it. A

  • Yes! So glad that gluing them atop of one another didn’t ruin them. A? YAY!
    I hope my professor says that too, I’m heading toward straight A’s in all my classes if he gives me one tomorrow.

    – cardiocentric

  • Anni Morris
    Anni Morrisabout 5 years ago

    Really like the colours in this and your shells are beautiful ~ Anni

  • Thank you so much, you’re always so encouraging :]

    – cardiocentric

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