India ink egg masses

By Luther Millison

When I started this piece, I thought I was just going to draw one type of amphibian egg. I accidentally differentiated the spacing a little between the first and second clump and decided I would roll with it. Though improbable in the real world, I thought it would be cool to see Wood Frog, Spotted Salamander, and Northern Leopard Frog eggs all on the same twig in a vernal pool. So, with this piece I mean to represent that: Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) on the bottom, Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) in the middle, and Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens)

Art by Luther Millison. Shared with permission.

I enjoy working in this medium and also think it lends itself to this piece well. When I see amphibian eggs I immediately think of dark ink, and I also feel some complimentary nature between wet brush strokes and the wet jelly that surrounds these eggs. I hope you enjoy this piece.