Pretty Evolved: An homage to Ernst Haeckel's art forms in nature
Ernst Haeckel's illustrations of Jellyfish were the inspiration for this project. I wanted to make a very simple little book, with a basic layout and narrative, that celebrated the beauty of the natural world.
I used acrylic paint and coloured pencils, as well as simple typography.
The book is A6 in dimension and printed on cartridge paper.
I illustrated viruses and bacteria in bright pastels... I wanted to show that even these dangerous microscopic creatures could be beautiful.
I would like to eventually turn some of these designs into screen prints.
I think the typography needs a bit of tweaking in terms of the space between words.
I did think that perhaps I should use quotes from a scientist or naturalist to accompany the images. Ultimately I went with descriptive prose.