I have just received emails from Redbubble which says that somebody just bought postcards with my drawing of mantas. I don't know who bought it but I would like to say thank you. I am happy if people appreciate or buy artworks that I create and upload to my Redbubble pages.
|Freediving with manta|
I created the manta drawing a few years ago using Derwent watercolour pencils. I drew the fish and a lady who was freediving to get closer to mantas. Well this was not an imaginary picture. It was an experience of mine when guiding tourists in Raja Ampat islands. I guided some European tourists on 1 week snorkeling trip across the beautiful archipelago. The presence of a lady swimming towards manta is a good comparison for us to see how big the giant fish is.
|Vector illustration of Swimming with Manta|
When we were at Manta Point one early morning time, we saw a group of mantas moving around in the water in circle formations. To get closer to the fish, we freedived to a depth of 5 to 7 meters. Because there were no scubadivers at that time, we could enjoy the show for quite long. After that we continued our tour to Piaynemo karst. I recreated the manual drawing in the first picture above into some digital versions using vector drawing software: inkscape hoping that with more choices more people will be interested in buying artwork that printed in various functional products like t-shirts, mugs, bags, laptop skin, smartphone skins, pencil skirt, pillow, anti-covid virus masks. To my surprise, people bought more of my manual drawings instead on the digital ones.
After finishing the tour, I returned home with ideas of creating a number of drawings inspired from the marine creatures that I saw in Raja Ampat.
If you are interested in seeing them, please, have a look at my art page at this link: Art Inspired from Nature.