Artwork

“Marine science fieldwork” or, “How I got mauled by a stargazer”

Stargazer t-shirt design by Ian Jermyn

Stargazer t-shirt design by Ian Jermyn
Stargazer design sketches 1

Conducting fieldwork in the marine sciences van lead you into some weird and wonderful locations. Sometimes however, these spaces can be rather public and so attract attention ranging from a passing interest through to precious disgruntlement. For this reason I was tasked with the t-shirt design for some field-ops team at a NSW university – something using the image of the Common Stargazer (Kathetostoma laeve; Bloch & Schneider, 1801), an angry looking predatory fish that hides in wait for its prey half buried in the sand. Perhaps this was some indication of the latent potential for members of fieldwork crews to snap and devour whole the odd belligerent and unsuspecting finger-waggler. A bit of fun nonetheless. Looking forward getting mine in the post.