Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This pen and ink illustration was created for an educational publisher as a spot for a workbook. When I was first asked to create this spot, I literally paused... you see I am rather squeamish around bugs and spiders and now I was being asked to create a rather detailed spot of one. Which is why I am so proud of this piece. I faced a fear and then DREW that fear! Nothing against ants, I know that they are hard workers and all (just like artists) but just look at the mandibles on these guys... Y IKES! I had to look at a lot of photos for my research and focus on the job. By looking at the subject as a piece of art, focusing in on one leg at a time and than the mandible followed by the antennae made the process easier. Really, by looking at in in pieces, instead of a whole, helped so much to ease my icky factor. The completed illo still gives me a chill, but it also makes me incredibly proud because I did it AND followed up by illustrating a flea and a spider for the same workbook.
Happy St Patricks Day! I hope the luck of the irish is with you today. =)