This piece was created for my close friend and fellow illustrator Victoria Topping for her 30th Birthday. I have created a few jellyfish pieces now and when ever I make them I think of Victoria as we share a cosmic affection for spectacular and insane sea creatures deep within our souls. Making this piece reminded me of the good times that we spent watching David Attenborough documentaries together in total astonishment at the creatures living in depths of our oceans.
Recently I have discovered the incredible work of Ernst Haeckel, a philosopher, zoologist and artist who made detailed drawings of deep-sea creatures and microscopic organisms that he encountered throughout his lifetime of study. I have a few of his books and love looking at the detail in his illustrations which seem as precise as they are imaginative, celebrating the beauty of these bizarre marine forms called radiolarians. His work has massively inspired this piece, I can't recommend diving into the marvellous world of his artwork enough.