Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ten-Lined June Beetle



Prismacolor colored pencils on Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper

Some husbands bring their wives flowers, mine knows I'd rather have a cool-looking beetle. He found this little beauty in our pool last week, and knew that I would want it.

I decided to draw it on this paper, because the color and texture of the paper looked exactly like its shell. It's drawn at about 4x actual size, which is about an inch long.

It's been a while since I've drawn insects (see my last one here); I wish I had more specimens available—they're so fascinating to examine under a magnifying glass!


15 comments:

  1. Oh...! I completely agree with you about how cool they are. I have a bunch of specimens, too. Some are in better shape than others, though :( They are truly like gems--and so is this rendering of yours! I just love it!

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  2. Great job!!! This is a really beautiful insect.

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  3. An inch long? That's quite a big bug! Ack! But he really is elegant. Great choice of paper and a beautifully rendered drawing.

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  4. Beautiful...and elegantly attired.

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  5. Very convincing bettle -- it really gives me the creeps! ;-)

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  6. Wow what a wonderful drawing. I am not usually a fan of beetles (unless they are the singing variety ;-) but this one is fab .
    Jane x

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  7. Beautiful! I love the texture of the paper with the pencil, and especially like the way you did its legs. Nice husband :)

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  8. I totally agree that insects are beautiful! And so is you drawing.

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  9. Hi, Sarah, what a beauty beetle.
    It is funny how synchronized we often work. I had just uploaded a drawing of a Stag Beetle. Have you ever seen one?
    I did see a June beetle in Greece; it bit me. Did your June beetle survive his unwanted swim?
    Stag beetles do not bite.

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  10. I can relate to this, my husband brings me such presents and looks so proud as he presents a dead moth. I do love your beetle and the grey paper. They look fascinating to draw, you have made such a great job.

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  11. Love the mixture of coloured pencils on that paper, so stylish and beautiful.

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  12. Hi Sarah, thank you for commenting on my IF submission, otherwise I might not have found your work. Such lovely gentle observations of nature, so beautiful, and very inspiring!

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  13. My husband brings me insects too, and cool looking rocks. This beetle looks like a badger!

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