marine illustration

Dazzle Ship

Victo Ngai

I am very excited to share with you my debut children’s book, Dazzle Ship, authored by Chris Barton and published by Lerner Book. 

Dazzle Ship is the story behind the thousands of war ships painted with bold colors and crazy patterns during WW1. 

Sounds interesting? You can get a copy anywhere books are sold in American or online here

Big thanks to Chris Barton, AD Danielle Carnito and Editor Carol Hinz for getting me acquainted with this colorful piece of history and being so wonderful to work with! 

Video and photos by Munira, Music by Bensound. 

UAC Personnel Log: 0012_93- The Marine

According to recovered UAC Military personnel files, a marine was punitively sent to Mars for assaulting his commanding officer who had ordered his unit to fire upon civilians in a riot at UAC Earth Central. The marine, along with the rest of those stationed on Mars, were consequently posted to Phobos after the security request was granted following the Hell Gate’s appearance. Assigned perimeter defense, the marine was left alone while the rest of the unit proceeded inside the Phobos base; they were killed shortly after their arrival. Audio and video logs have confirmed that the marine was responsible for clearing the two moon bases of their demonic captors with an almost inhuman sense of simultaneous brutality and precision. After being transported to Earth and then to Hell itself, the demonic forces were wiped out, and any stragglers were taken care of by the resistance or went into hiding.  

The personnel files at UAC Earth Central were found to be corrupted due to the damage the facility undertaken following the invasion. The lone marine’s name is unknown, and when asked by Earth’s resistance, the marine didn’t know either. It is as if something fired off  in the man’s brain from the shock of the invasion and the subsequent bloodshed and violence… perhaps a form of extreme PTSD. Based on post-invasion tests and therapy, this shock theoretically allowed him to block any human emotion, essentially snapping him to become a berserk killing machine. Though the marine didn’t talk much, a name would frequently pop up during his therapy sessions; Daisy. Eventually, the marine cut off ties to the UAC completely, and was never heard from again.

Illustration made for the @sink-fanzine exhibition at the Batofar in Paris.

(If by pure coincidence someone here has too much money and want to get rid of it, I’m selling the original :v You can send me a private message or an email at marie.dedurat@laposte.net

Blogging where no scientist has gone before!!!

Who am I, well my name is Nicholas Bezio and I’m a scientist who just strangely likes to draw and take photos. One of my favorite past time hobbies is doing lifelike illustrations from nature whether they be plant or animal. I may not have any formal training when it comes to drawing but that won’t stop me. What I mainly like to create is drawings that illustrate some of the stranger and more bizarre wildlife that the average observer may never see or know of. Being able to share some of the greatest wonders that the biological world has to offer is one of my greatest passions, especially since many of my subjects are so delicate or small you can never see them in aquariums or pet stores. I feel that pencil/pen illustrations are one of those medias that can best demonstrate the intricate complexities that can be found in the natural world. To me biological illustrations have always had this old world feel, reminding me of when explorers began navigating to the “new world” finding new forms of life under every rock and up every tree. Whether it be the scientists exploring Madagascar or the adventures of Charles R. Darwin on the HMS Beagle as he discovered the Galapagos. Not surprising some of my biggest inspiration comes from Ernst Haeckel and an exhibit I saw of his work at my local natural history museum. Being able to see how he takes these beautifully strange animals, arranging them so beautifully onto a page was truly inspirational. 

Now, time for some boring stuff, what I research for a living. It should be no surprise that I like biology, with a B.S. in Marine Biology and my current work in attempting to gain a Ph.D. in the Marine Science. What my research also focuses on should also be no surprise. My research focuses on the world of gelatinous zooplankton, more precisely, the jellyfish. Jellyfish are some of the worlds oldest multiorgan animals we know too of existed. Many jellyfish are capable of demonstrating almost unworldly abilities, from developing the worlds most dangerous venom to practically being immortal and immune to the effects of aging. It probably doesn’t help that they both elegant, colorful, delicate and dangerous all at the same time making them appealing to both scientists and the public.

In the end, I just wanted to say, thank you for viewing and discovering my blog, website, and my artwork.

P.S. I also like long walks on the beach.