About the artwork

'King'- Giant Pacific Octopus. 1.5 years in the making, the design of the creature was initially going to be free floating like the reference photograph. Giant Pacific octopuses are rarely in open water as they are an easy target for predators. They normally habituate rocks and caves where they can camouflage or stake out an ambush. For this reason I decided to create context. Inspired by the recent media coverage for climate change, I decided to create my own response. The title ‘King’ refers to king of the sea. Regrettably this majestic king is sitting on a throne of rubbish giving a sad visual representation of his future kingdom. I have composed a coral crown drawn from inspiration from The Little Mermaid’s, Triton. Many different types of sea trees, rocks and fauna were used to create the scene. 75% of the composition was made up from about 20 reference photos. I find this way of working (fantasy drawings) fairly alien so it took a long time to plan the composition, making sure the tones and textures were well balanced. The sea fauna and suckers proved a tedious task. The large amount of graphite kept smudging, adding to the frustration and I gave up a few times in the process. I finished the darkest tones with 9B graphite pencil and added wave texture in the background to create focus. The artwork comes ready framed, ready to hang and securely packaged with certificate of authenticity.

King Octopus

Artist: Briony Howell

£360.00 Free UK Delivery
Artwork code
920-42685
  • Size: 49 x 39 x 2 cm (19.3 x 15.4 x 0.8 inches)
  • Graphite on paper
  • One-Off / Ready to Send
  • Framed
Delivery time: 3-5 working days
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About the artwork

'King'- Giant Pacific Octopus. 1.5 years in the making, the design of the creature was initially going to be free floating like the reference photograph. Giant Pacific octopuses are rarely in open water as they are an easy target for predators. They normally habituate rocks and caves where they can camouflage or stake out an ambush. For this reason I decided to create context. Inspired by the recent media coverage for climate change, I decided to create my own response. The title ‘King’ refers to king of the sea. Regrettably this majestic king is sitting on a throne of rubbish giving a sad visual representation of his future kingdom. I have composed a coral crown drawn from inspiration from The Little Mermaid’s, Triton. Many different types of sea trees, rocks and fauna were used to create the scene. 75% of the composition was made up from about 20 reference photos. I find this way of working (fantasy drawings) fairly alien so it took a long time to plan the composition, making sure the tones and textures were well balanced. The sea fauna and suckers proved a tedious task. The large amount of graphite kept smudging, adding to the frustration and I gave up a few times in the process. I finished the darkest tones with 9B graphite pencil and added wave texture in the background to create focus. The artwork comes ready framed, ready to hang and securely packaged with certificate of authenticity.

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Briony Howell

Briony Howell is an artist and illustrator living in Brighton, East Sussex. She graduated from De Montfort University with a Fine Art degree in 2007 and has participated in exhibitions in London and Brighton and Suffolk. Briony captures in pencil and paint all things interesting. She enjoys observing the world of nature in as much detail as possible. Textures and colours help to bring narrative and weight to the subject matter. Her love of textures and nature has also inspired her ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series, drawing all sorts of animals in as much detail as possible. Education: 2007 BA Hons Fine Art De Monfort University, Leicester UK Exhibitions: July 2019 -Present EJR Creative, Grange Barn Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK Group show... (see more)

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