“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,”
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.
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.
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.
“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.
McKean is now a full-time artist, selling her artwork at festivals and fairs.
With this series, McKean explores the divide between technology and natural creatures.
Here, a sea dragon emerges subtly from the dark, just as secretive in the art piece as these shy creatures are in life.
Sometimes dreamy, sometimes bold, McKeans art is always stunning.
McKean’s creations are full of attitude and personality.
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.