View Full Version : FND 2/15 morpho butterfly

02-16-2002, 12:24 AM
Of course I couldn't resist the bug! I tried a sculpture but it turned out very bizzare with blue glitter and rhinestones... I'll post a pic when I have one... but, anyway, I figured I'd better try drawing.


-=- Jen "See, I can do more than cut myself on my art!" de la Cruz

02-16-2002, 12:36 AM
Wow! it's beautiful, what medium did you use?

I need to do this butterfly next, I'm tired of pink/orange birds! :p

02-16-2002, 12:40 AM
I used black china marker (litho crayon), and scanned it in, then finished coloring it digitally. :) Thanks for looking!

-=- Jen "Animal likes this quoty thingy" de la Cruz

02-16-2002, 12:54 AM
Very cool Jen! It's got a nice translucsent quality to it.
Can't wait to see the other one -- I'm a big fan of your bugs!


02-16-2002, 01:56 AM
oh how shiny
cant wait to see this sculpture :)

02-16-2002, 07:08 AM
Beautiful butterfly - the color just glows. :clap:

Yes, please let us see the sculpture.

02-16-2002, 07:23 AM
Wow I thought at first it was the photo Animal posted. This is beautiful Great colors

02-16-2002, 10:27 AM
WOW Jen:)
This is iridescent.
I thought it was the photograph too!
Can't wait to see your sculpture.

02-16-2002, 10:30 AM
i have to agree with others in saying that i thought this was a photograph...i thought you accidentally posted the original...what medium did you use?...awesome job...!!!

02-16-2002, 04:23 PM
yeah yer not fooling me, that butterfly has a switchblade under his left wing... if he went thru airport security he'd light up like a firefly!

who knew she could draw? ...i'm gonna be so scared when it's BUG night...


02-16-2002, 05:26 PM
You did a wonderful job of capturing the glowing blue colour. Wow! :clap:

02-16-2002, 07:56 PM
Purty Jen!!

Love that blue - all shimmery and shiny and stuff - LOL!



02-16-2002, 08:55 PM
I know Photoshop pretty good,and I looked at that and thought, "Man! she is good!" I had a hard time trying to see how you created that. It actually looks like lights have been implanted in the wings, very unique... Bobby beat me to it, I was going to say that I know that bug looks harmless, but it must at least be an escaped strain of Central American killer neon butterly, that have a metallic needle sharp proboscis,and a razorblade smile, or something! Nice and different, what more could you want?

Laura Tasheiko
02-16-2002, 09:09 PM
Most excellent! Might just lift off that paper and fly away! L.

02-16-2002, 11:22 PM
beau...wond...amaz...fan.... I don't even know where to start to tell you how much I love this!

02-17-2002, 12:50 AM
i really like your butterfly. great color.

02-17-2002, 01:20 AM
Wow! Nothing left to say except Wow!


02-20-2002, 03:59 PM
Jen, you did an AWESOME job on this. Are you gonna post the sculpture you did? I really like how you made the blue in the wings look transparent.:clap:

02-21-2002, 12:32 PM
Thanks everybody! I -really- appreciate all this feedback.

I'm not posting the sculpture though... it was a total fiasco! As it dried the color was flaking off of the wings. It's a wreck and I don't think I can or should salvage it. I was so disappointed! Here's my journal entry about my Friday Night Drawing:

I did learn some valuable lessons about applying color to metal. So, it might work out better next time... I'll have to experiment sometime when I don't have a 2 hour time limit. :)

As for the "glow" to the wings, funny you folks should mention that -- I used a multilayered technique that I've traditionally used to create neon light effects in Photoshop. Here's a couple of other anime-style examples:

The technique is really hard to explain... lots of airbrushing and multi-layered blurs and erasing. Maybe someday when I lose my job and have lots of free time, I'll do an article about it. ;)

-=- Jen

02-22-2002, 12:50 AM
I've nothing unique to say, so I won't even try. It is beautiful....the blue is so alive and vibrant. I love just looking at it and running my eyes over the colors.... Red