Tuesday, October 23, 2007
real bee, fake bee
I was going to entitle this "Drawing from Death" because the topic is a dead bee I found a while ago and had been saving (for this?). But that seemed a little too morbid. However, I have realized in the past that drawing from "life" is usually the only way I can buckle down and try to do something realistically. Otherwise things turn out all made up, goofy looking or accidentally cutesy. I need to spend more time drawing from life and/or death. I'm usually too impatient.
Back to dead bee: it's so incredibly lightweight, and so delicate. I'm surprised it doesn't float. The intricacies are almost shocking: unfortunately the photo doesn't do this bee justice.
And I'm embarrassed to admit that I've dropped this bee quite a few times. There even had to be some glue-based surgery.
So, I drew the dead bee and ended up using gouache, mica, etc. on top of the drawing. It has some texture because I tend towards chunky application of materials. I'm going to incorporate this bee into a slightly bigger project I'm working on... to be cont.
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