A to Z Cephalopods: A for Architeuthis (Giant Squid)

© 2013 Sylvia Liu
I've continued to enjoy Alison Hertz's Doodle Day challenge, a Facebook group that posts a prompt every day, and artists and illustrators post a doodle. Some months have been themed, like Animals. This month, the theme is underwater creatures from A to Z. So Dec. 1 is any underwater animals that begins with an A.

I've decided to refine this challenge for myself even further, by limiting my doodles to cephalopods, which are the class of aquatic creatures that are largely composed of head and feet (octopi, nautili, cuttlefish, squid, etc.).

Some fun facts about giant squid:

  • Giant squid are rarely seen because they live so deep (1,600-3,300 feet)
  • Early sightings of giant squid gave rise to the myth of the kraken
  • Giant squids have the largest eyes of any animal (up to 10 inches in diameter)
  • The scientific name, Architeuthis Dux, means ruling squid

I doodled this with my new favorite tool: a Pentel Ink Brush Pen. I found out about this from illustrator Maple Lam, who I met at David Diaz's Lost Weeken retreat (which I will blog about shortly).

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  1. I love that you further challenged yourself with this month's Doodle Day! I can barely make myself think of one simple thing daily. ;)

    Cool facts about the squid! I didn't know that about their scientific name.

    Looking forward to your daily drawings! (And I may have to check out that Pentel Inl Brush Pen...)

    1. Thanks, Teresa. We'll see how I keep up. I'm already a day behind. :)

  2. I really love the challenge you have set yourself! And I am intrigued by the Pentel Ink Brush Pen, I will have to do some investigating into that one :-)

    1. Yes, it's a nice tool. Thanks for stopping by!


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