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Artist scratches life into “Robotic Aquatic” creatures

“I have always loved science fiction and was fascinated by the unison of technology and the organic so that is where I drew most of my inspiration from,”

Story by Jaymi Heimbuch - Source: http://www.treehugger.com

Angler Fish

Photo © Natalie McKean

Photo © Natalie McKean

Artist Natalie McKean has created a series of scratch art titled “Robotic Aquatic” — she turns her imagination and talent toward sea creatures, turning them into something a little more mechanical. Click through the slideshow and check out her phenomenally detailed and colorful art.

Crab

Photo © Natalie McKean

Photo © Natalie McKean

McKean uses a technique called scratch art, which she describes as “basically like an inverted pen & ink”.

A wood board is covered with white clay, then black ink. The black is scratched away to reveal the white, then colored ink is added in.

Cuttlefish

Photo © Natalie McKean

Photo © Natalie McKean

Why the interest in sea creatures? McKean, a California girl born and raised, has lived the last six years in Monterey where she has spent many hours at the beach and famous aquarium. It is during this time among sea life that she got the inspiration for the project.

Squid Eye

Photo © Natalie McKean

Photo © Natalie McKean

“I have always loved science fiction and was fascinated by the unison of technology and the organic so that is where I drew most of my inspiration from,” says McKean.

Lionfish

Photo © Natalie McKean

Photo © Natalie McKean

McKean is now a full-time artist, selling her artwork at festivals and fairs.

Octopus

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Photo © Natalie McKean

With this series, McKean explores the divide between technology and natural creatures.

Sea Dragon

Photo © Natalie McKean

Photo © Natalie McKean

Here, a sea dragon emerges subtly from the dark, just as secretive in the art piece as these shy creatures are in life.

Sea Horse

Photo © Natalie McKean

Photo © Natalie McKean

Sometimes dreamy, sometimes bold, McKeans art is always stunning.

Snail

Photo © Natalie McKean

Photo © Natalie McKean

McKean’s creations are full of attitude and personality.

Sea Turtle

Photo © Natalie McKean

Photo © Natalie McKean

Check out more of McKean’s art on her website. You can also catch her at fairs such as Maker Faire — see her schedule for details.

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