Graphite and Colored Pencil Coscinodiscus is a diatom, which is a type of phytoplankton. I used a microscope photo to make this drawing and the little blobs inside the cell are chloroplasts, which are actually green, but in the backlit photo they showed up iridescent purple and yellow. This page is part finished drawing, part visual notetaking, and part planning process for other possible plankton projects. It also has a little element of old natural history studies to it, which is something I love to look at and emulate. 2 Responses Stephanie May 28, 2014 Hi Chelsea, this is a really cool drawing – I love how you can represent any kind of phytoplankton in a unique and eye-catching way There’s something you mentioned in the description that sparked my interest. What is the element of old natural history this piece of art contains? It sounds fascinating, and I’d like to hear more about it! Also, thank you for teaching my class, it was a lot of fun working with you on the phytoplankton prints. I was able to see a hidden connection between art and science that I hadn’t thought about before. Reply Drifting » Arctic Spring June 19, 2014 […] Hungry for more? Why not head over to the art section and take a look at some of Chelsea’s phytoplankton drawings. […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.