Jellyfish turned out to be more complex to illustrate than I thought they would be. Their translucent quality threw me off at first. The simpler the object appears the harder it is to render in any medium. It’s easier to see flaws whereas when something is complex our eyes get caught up in the layering of colors and details. Well, that’s my theory. This one made it into my reef.
This particular jelly is a stinging sea nettle (Chrysaora). There are two varieties of sea nettle, Atlantic or East Coast sea nettle and Pacific or West Coast sea nettle. The Atlantic sea nettle has white dots and reddish-brown stripes.
A large group of jellies is a “bloom”.
Where do jellies fall in your book, cool or freaky?
illustration by me!