Editorial illustration for an article talking about artificial approaches to preserving wildlife and helping improve the quality of life of wild creatures, such as Hawksbill Turtles.
I used this scope as an opportunity to speculate on the possibilities of our technology being integrated into nature for the benefit of nature.
Made using Illustrator and Photoshop.
The majority of this piece was illustrated using Photoshop, with the mechanical parts being illustrated out of vectors to push the contrast between mechanical augmentation and organic nature.
I started with some sketches depicting a mechanically augmented turtle, and hatched turtle shells with equipment inside it. As I sketched I realized that human interaction with the turtle was the best bet. I landed on two possible final designs, one horizontal and one vertical.
I moved with the vertical direction, and created a more finally sketch which then I took into Photoshop.
I used Illustrator to create the mechanical innards to further emphasize the mechanical nature of the part.