October Ink Days 14 and 15 – The Cartoon Gadget and the Water Flea

My gadget was a little crab robot which I made up.  In my mind she’s like a little happy dog who likes to get things for people.  Here she is…


I think I’ll call her Lucy.  🙂


My next challenge was to draw something really close up.  I looked at some macro photography but nothing really grabbed me so I turned to microscopy and the strange world of plankton.  Plankton are a large number of different microscopic animals and plants (zooplankton and phytoplankton) which live in water (fresh and salty).  Here’s a photo of some…


(Picture from the Internet – unknown author.)


They form a big part of the abiding memories of my A’level Biology field trip to Pembrokeshire when I was 17.  One of the staff at the centre wore a dry suit and dived just off the coast near where you get the boat for Skomer Island to collect some plankton.  We later got to look at them and use biological keys to identify them and draw them.  It was my favourite day of the whole trip.

Other days included a visit to Skomer, which was beautiful but where I mostly remember playing a lunchtime game with my fellow students.  We each had cans of Coke and where we sat for lunch there was a large amount of rabbit droppings.  The game was to try throw a rabbit dropping into your partner’s drink and then take a sip of your own drink.  Then they did the same!  The dropping size was ideal because most of them would only just go in so it was quite hard to do.

Anyway, here’s my plankton picture.  It’s of a water flea, Daphnea pulex.


Here’s a photo of what Daphnia actually look like under a microscope…

(Picture from the Internet – unknown author.)