PENNY SMASHERS

at the National Aquarium in Baltimore

One of the elements that needed to be updated in the aquarium was the penny smashing machine. On the machine itself, there are small illustrated depictions of the different options available. In the process of moving the machines, it was decided that the illustrations needed to be updated.

Upon contacting the company used for the machines themselves about what the indenting plate looked like for each animal, we were underwhelmed by them to say the least. What we received was a bizarre combination of photography, uneven outlines, and odd drawings with miscellaneous characters and symbols scattered about.

 

Rather than using the provided images, I was tasked with making an approximate illustration of each animal based on the general silhouette provided. The animals included fish, sharks, birds, and reptiles, which meant a wide variety of different fur and scale textures. Using a combination of weighed brushes
and textured brushes, I replicated various different features from spots to feathers and teeth to gills and fins. A mixture of varying monochromatic shades allowed for differences in tonality.

*THIS PROJECT IS STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT
AND HAS YET TO BE INSTALLED*

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