2021 AMI Online Salon

Evasive Strategies of the Shortfin Squid

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Jason Brady
  • Client: David Rini, Tim Phelps, Jennifer Fairman, Ian Suk
  • Copyright: Jason Brady, 2020
  • Medium/software used: Graphite, Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Poster
  • Primary Audience: General Lay Audience

Project Description

This illustration describes three strategies the shortfin squid utilizes to evade predators. The main scene depicts a squid ejecting an ink pseudomorph to elude a dogfish. Below lies an inset that describes how pigmented chromatophores expand via radial muscles to camouflage the squid.  A final schematic inset depicts the flow of water into the mantle and out of the siphon to propel the squid away from danger. The squid and dogfish were rendered in graphite from preserved and positioned specimens. These traditional drawings were combined with Photoshop techniques for the final piece.