The jellyfish is my favorite deep sea creature because it is enigmatic and utterly magnificent. The bioluminescence and seemingly alien form compelled me to interpret an illustration that captured its eerie beauty. Its home environment feels akin to the deep reaches of space, which inspired me to create a composition as if it were an alien in a science fiction poster.
About The Artist
Craig Drake, originally from Detroit, moved to San Francisco in 1998 to work in animation and freelance design, later moving on to Electronic Arts. He started working for Lucasfilm in 2006 where he created his first Patrick Nagel parody image (a limited edition Princess Leia print). Since then, he has become known for Nagel-izing pop culture figures masterfully, bringing a sleek 80′s aesthetic to everyone in his path.
The deep sea includes the deepest, darkest, coldest parts of the ocean which are under the greatest amounts of atmospheric pressure. Eighty percent of the ocean consists of waters greater than 1,000 meters in depth. Parts of the deep sea are also included in the pelagic zone, but these areas in the deepest reaches of the ocean have their own special characteristics. Most areas are cold, dark, and inhospitable to humans, but support a surprising number of species that thrive in this intense environment. In the parts of the deep sea where light can not penetrate, there are fish and other animals like giant squid. Because there is no sunlight, there are no algae to start food chains. Instead many animals living in the deep sea rely on the bodies of dead animals falling from the water above for food. There are two extreme environments in the deep sea where life is more abundant. These are cold seeps and hydrothermal vents. In these environments, food chains do not begin with plants or algae that make food from sunlight.