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January 13, 2017

clams_by_al_lau

The earliest clams first appeared 500 million years ago. Clams are a bi-valve mollusk. Unlike oysters and mussels which need to be anchored to rocks in order to survive, clams burrow themselves within the sandy bottom of the ocean floor.

Although clams may look uninspiring, they play an important part to healthy coastal waters because of their role in filter feeding.

I am experimenting with a new type of art pen which gives me a finer line. It reminds me of when I used Repidograph pens in school. Drawing clams formations is a good exercise for me to study contours and detail. So with my clam sketches, less is more.

Here is sea full of prehistoric creatures including amphibians, fish, trilobites, and a Eurypterid, a descendant of the horseshoe crab. The collage-style composition is inspired by exhibits at the Natural History Museum. This is a print of my original pen and ink drawing, color painted digitally. Prints are available for sale in my store.

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