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trafford
06-01-2010, 09:11 AM
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Get out your sketch books, paints or whatever and have a go with things that crawl, creep, fly around (birds, too) and a few flowers, leaves and weeds. Pretty insects or ugly ones, or made up ones. It is nearly summer and already there are ants in the kitchen, and those things with all the legs and a lady bug...plenty of models.

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Have fun and post your work here so we all can share.

Here are my two favorites:

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and some links:

http://karenswhimsy.com/bee-clipart.shtm
http://www.finerareprints.com/vol_botanical.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_James_Audubon
http://visual.merriam-webster.com/animal-kingdom/insects-arachnids.php

artbyjune
06-01-2010, 02:27 PM
Wonderful. I am keen to get started!!

gakinme
06-02-2010, 09:16 AM
Janet, great project. Are we allowed to copy the images from the finearepirnts? They are so pretty!

trafford
06-02-2010, 08:32 PM
Sandra, I have no idea if we can copy the prints....they are over 100 years old, and I would say they are in public domain. They are being sold through a dealer....I don't know what that means. Can he copyright them? I don't think so. He is selling the originals, that he has had printed over and over. Seems to me we could copy a few. Does anyone else know anything about this?

I think I'll do one and change it a bit. That should do it. :)

gakinme
06-03-2010, 03:03 AM
Janet, I looked more clearly at their small print and it says copyrighted. Go to wiki commons.

I am totally enthused when it comes to insects. Tonight, I did four. Photo references from wiki commons. I'm not aiming at total accuracy but practice of colors. When it comes to turtles and insects, I'm not sure why but I keep reaching for bombay india ink every time. Perhaps it's so handy and I'm so familiar with the color range I don't have to guess. When I err in some parts, I just put other colors on top to hide it. The pastel pencils are so easy to use. I use a wrong color, I get a soft tissue slightly moistened and wipe right over it and start all over again. The beauty of using waterproof ink underneath. It's midnight. I have to go to bed. I want to draw another page. Tomorrow.


All done on one page of Super Deluxe Bee Company Heavyweight Drawing Paper 93 lbs 9x12 inch (1/6 page each)
Dr. Ph. Martin Bombay India Ink
Derwent pastel pencils
Stabilo all surface black aquarelle pencil

Credit: Steve Jurvetson (http://www.flickr.com/people/jurvetson/) from Menlo Park, USA
Source (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ant_closeup.jpg)


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2010/86669-bombay_ant1.jpg

Credit: Siga
Source (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:F%C3%BChlergrube_Polydrosus.jpg)
Species: Beetle /F├╝hlergrube von Polydrusus

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2010/86669-bombay_insecteye2.jpg

Credit: Siga

Source (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Libellula_quadrimaculata_head.jpg)
Species: Head of Libellula quadrimaculata, Southern Germany 700 m

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2010/86669-bombay_insecteye1.jpg

Credit: Siga
Source (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ovalisia_(Scintillatrix)_mirifica_front.JPG)
Species: Front of Lamprodila mirifica

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2010/86669-bombay_insecteye3.jpg

AZ Traveler
06-03-2010, 04:01 AM
Sandra, thank you for informing me of this project and thread. Your insects are bold and very colorful. I think my favorite is the Lamprodila beetle but I recognized all of them. Well done. :thumbsup:

The insects in the antique prints above appear to be an aphid (green), and a nondescript beetle. In the second print, what appears to be a tick or something related. Four legs are displayed in profile - meaning, there would be eight in total. Remember, six legs, three body regions (head, thorax, abdomen) are insects; eight legs, two body regions (head and abdomen) are arachnids and related.

Here is an excerpt from my thread in the Art Journals forum ...
W&N Cotman WCs, A3 WC Moleskine Folio.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jun-2010/217446-WC_beetles99.jpg

Here is the link to that thread where more WC beetles are posted: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=623756

Another beetle posted in the Watermedia forum:
W&N Cotman WCs in a WC Moleskine.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jun-2010/217446-217446-rhynno.jpg

Pachyrrhynchus helleri Kuntzen 1914
Coleoptera:Curculionidae (= Beetles:Weevils)
Distribution: Luzon, Philippines

And here is a project that I have yet to complete:
Acrylics on an ostrich egg ...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jun-2010/217446-ostrich99.jpg

Delbert
http://crookedbeakworkshop.blogspot.com/

gakinme
06-03-2010, 09:23 AM
Delbert, so glad you are here. Fabulous pieces to wake us up that insects could be beautiful art. Thank you for posting them here too.

The second print, I see 3 legs on closer to the viewer and one leg on the other side of the body. I'm sure the Japanese could count. LOL. However, I am wondering why the beetle only has two pairs of legs from top down on the first print on the left side. The top two short ones are antenna. Is the pair sticking out above the eye a pair of legs?

AZ Traveler
06-03-2010, 10:32 AM
Good morning.

Sandra, I noticed the beetle had two sets (four) legs too after I submitted my post. Yes, the first set of appendages are the antennae. I was also confused upon first glance at the number of legs in the second print. But counted the body sections as two. I admit, the illustrations are pretty ambiguous.

Since Janet said birds were also included, here is a gourd I painted in acrylics that I thought you would like to see ...

More here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=613096

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jun-2010/217446-2385479.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jun-2010/217446-2383452270_f70d071727.jpg

Delbert

trafford
06-03-2010, 02:21 PM
Sandra, I really like your paintings...the last two are especially nice.

Ah, an actual Entomologist. Welcome to this thread Delbert. You and Sandra prove that insects and bugs can be beautiful.

Birds are good and part of the garden and the gourds are lovely. I saw an article on preparing gourds for painting and hung on to it to try on a rainy day.:) Yours are just wonderful.

Copyright laws are giving me a big headache...so Im looking for obscure prints, photos etc that i can be inspired by.:eek:

Lets have more and more....janet

AZ Traveler
06-03-2010, 04:51 PM
Copyright laws are giving me a big headache...so Im looking for obscure prints, photos etc that i can be inspired by... janet

Janet, Thank you for the welcome and positive comments on my beetle and gourd work.

This Flickr group is for posting images that are supposed to be copyright-free and public domain. You can use the search tool in the upper right corner to find something specific ...
http://www.flickr.com/groups/collageimages/

for example ...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jun-2010/217446-1076089686_d362345512.jpg

Best wishes,
Delbert

gakinme
06-04-2010, 12:55 AM
Wow, Delbert, you paint up gourds too? Such patience!! Do you also do rock paintings? When we stayed in Singapore for 3 months, my daughter painted an ostrich egg. She didn't put an insect on it but just some random design but it was a lot of fun indeed.

I don't particularly like to paint birds. Occasionally I would but more often than not. I'll stick to my insects.

Tonight, I brought a snail in but it refuses to stop moving and I keep missing the parts and shadowing. Why couldn't it stay still?

Here's the effort. I assume you allow mollusks at this thread? :lol:

I tried Derwent Graphitint pencils and I had to abandon it right away because it was moving too fast. Forget about sketching fast and apply water later on. I couldn't even get the gestures down. Out comes my waterbrush and Sakura Koi set real quickly.

The rest are my experiments with pastel pencil and wash over pencil, white prismacolor pencil, white china marker. Stay with white prismacolor pencil for oil resist even when you wash pastel pencil. It will still show. Not the other two.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jun-2010/86669-snails2.jpg

trafford
06-04-2010, 05:55 AM
A snail model?...maybe you weren't paying it enough...What happened to a snail's pace? You are too funny :lol:

I think it is wonderful that you experiment with combinations of art materials and then let us know how you make out. Putting some of your mixes in a notebook to try out.

This thread is turning out to be fun. :heart: :heart:

azulparsnip
06-04-2010, 07:40 AM
wow, awesome work here, ya'll. Looks like the bird is surrounded by a wonderful feast. Love the yellow and blues, Delbert. Beautiful work.

Sandra, I love your adventures with art medium. I will try pastel on ink background..

gakinme
06-04-2010, 09:38 AM
Thank you, Janet, Robin, for your comment. I know. Who would have thought a snail would be slithering too fast. I let it out after a few pix. It must have been shocked with all that glare of the room and click and clank of my equipment.

Did I tell you when I was in Washington last year, I took a huge slug in a Japanese sushi tray to draw on the deck in bright sunlight and it was crawling so fast away that I literally had to keep walking around the table to follow it to draw. Never made much out of it. I let it go free in the front patch but unfortunately it died because that's where I sprayed fixative. Poor slug.

Last night, I did one in Derwent pastel pencils entirely.

Photo Credit: Siga
Source (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hydrous_piceus_head.jpg)
Species: Head of Hydrous piceus

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2010/86669-insecteye1.jpg

gakinme
06-04-2010, 09:45 PM
I have done the head of the hydrous piceous in graphitint pencils.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2010/86669-insecteye2.jpg

gakinme
06-05-2010, 08:02 PM
I went out to the marshes for a quick walk and saw a couple of egrets and its habitat.

Daniel Smith watercolor stick
Strathmore Watercolor cold press sketchpad 5.5x8.5 inch

I actually stood there watching these far away birds for a while and wasn't planning to draw them since I didn't bring my binoculars. But the reflection was interesting. I still hesitated. In Chinese painting, we rarely if ever draw the reflection in the water. The essence remains with the shape and posture of the bird itself. Why would Western art want to put so much color and flesh so much details out, I thought at that instant. I should have brought my Japanese brush pen today.

But anyway I put it down on paper. Today I realized why I like watercolor a bit more than oil and acrylic. That it is fast and you don't have to put layers and layers of color on top to make color makes it a very attractive medium. And the looseness of it all. The second one has General's All Sketch & Wash pencil and Stabilo all surface black aquarelle pencil and wash. I like it all drappy and drippy looking.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2010/86669-wc_heron1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2010/86669-wc_heron2.jpg


This is one of the habitats at low tide. Definitely for plein air, watercolor is ideal. If I have to do this in color pencils, it'll be sunset by the time I'm finished. 3 mins.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2010/86669-wc_heron3.jpg

artbyjune
06-06-2010, 08:38 AM
I love your insects Sandra. And those gourd and egg paintings are fabulous Delbert. It gives insight into painting on surfaces other than flat paper and canvas. Lids for boxes would be another interesting surface. Or decorating papier-mache surfaces...I feel inspired.

I see this is developing as a birds and bees thread now!! I saved a few insects and birds from previous WDEs and never got around to painting/drawing them. I must search them out.

It would be very nice to paint from life...but all the insects around my area are so tiny!! I will keep looking.

I joined that photo collage flickr group because it is always good to have sources of non-copyright material. Thanks for the link!;)

gakinme
06-06-2010, 05:13 PM
June, birds and flowers and weeds are allowed too based on the opening post. But I like the title.

This one is going in a frame onto my living room wall.

Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastel sticks
Derwent, Carbothello and Pitt Pastel pencils
65 lbs red cardstock with Colorfix clear primer 8.5 x 11 inch

Photo credit: timitalia from Munich, Germany
Source (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Timitalia_-_dragonfly_(by).jpg)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jun-2010/86669-hp_dragonflyeyes.jpg

brianvds
06-08-2010, 01:31 AM
Very nice work posted thus far in the thread. I did this one some months ago; the sad remnants of one of my cat's victims:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jun-2010/142294-185-8510_IMG.JPG

She's a very enthusiastic collector of models, none of them volunteers... ;-)

gakinme
06-08-2010, 11:39 PM
Poor grasshopper but what a specimen for you to draw from life. Great details on the wings, Brian.

azulparsnip
06-09-2010, 02:16 PM
Sandra - those close up studys - I can just about smell their breath...but then they don't breath through their mouths so it must be their BO !!!!! I love the large blue eye bug....Sandra from where are your sourcing these images ? Got some good crane body language there. Yes oriental art is all about presence and spirit it seems.......simple, straight to the point, lyrical........I did get to do one study in the mustard seed garden two weeks back but I need some more ......I love it but have trouble making time.......so what's new, eh.

Brian - that is a gentle end to a little victim. Nice job

AZ Traveler
06-09-2010, 05:08 PM
Hey-ho, Hi-diddly-ho :wave:

Sandra, great work. Excellent palette and perspective on the dragonfly :thumbsup: IMHO, the source photo looks like a damselfly to me. I think dragonflies have both eyes set so closely that they meet in the center. Damselflies' eyes are clearly separated. .... a rose by any other name ... etc.

Robin and June, thank you too for your generous comments.

Brian, well done on the grasshopper. Such detail - from one OCD-challenged person to another. :wink2:

Hope you are all doing well. All for the moment ...

Best wishes, ...
Delbert

gakinme
06-09-2010, 09:40 PM
Thank you, Delbert, Robin, for your comments.


Robin, I get these close ups from wiki commons. Click on the link that says source on top each photos and you'll see where I get them from. We could do derivative art from most of them. Just read the licence.

Ah, Delbert, so it's a damselfly. Good to know. It is so cute. Looks so cartoony. I think a lot of the star wars monsters and villains have a lot of insect structure to them. That's why I love copying insects in hope that one day, I could create more monsters.

But now that I look into another photo of a damselfly like this one, the bulby things are not the eyes. The eyes are the orange points?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Head_of_Damselfly.jpg

AZ Traveler
06-10-2010, 12:54 AM
Sandra, yes, the first photo is definitely a damselfly. The eyes in your second link are the two large two-toned "bulby things" ... the orange points might be the base of the antennae. Not sure what that middle spot is ... ;)

Delbert

trafford
06-10-2010, 06:13 AM
Sandra...I really like the simplicity of your egrets. Almost a one stroke rendition. Lovely.

Poor grasshopper, but he gave his life for art. An excellent drawing.

As far as Bees Knees are concerned (I love the title, too) and because it's a two month thread, we can paint or draw not only insects etc., but anything we would find on a walk (the egrets) or in a garden. That wonderful summer feeling...the buzzing, crawling caterpillers, bees in the flowers, even the ants. If you're in the woods and come across an interesting mushroom, that's ok too.

Thanks for the link, Delbert :angel:

brianvds
06-10-2010, 07:23 AM
Sandra, yes, the first photo is definitely a damselfly. The eyes in your second link are the two large two-toned "bulby things" ... the orange points might be the base of the antennae. Not sure what that middle spot is ... ;)

Delbert

Both the orange spots and the middle spot are ocelli, i.e. simple eyes (as opposed to the big bulbous compound eyes on the side of the head). They likely function as some sort of light meter, and many insects have them, notably ants, flies and grasshoppers. Says the resident biologist. :D

AZ Traveler
06-10-2010, 11:15 AM
You're welcome, Janet.

Thanks, Brian ...

Delbert

AZ Traveler
06-11-2010, 12:18 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2010/217446-dynastes01.jpg
Dynastes tityus (Linnaeus, 1758) "Eastern Hercules Beetle"
Distribution: southeastern United States

W&N Cotman watercolors, FC Polychromos CPs, A3 watercolor Moleskine Folio.

Additional photo posted in my Art Journals thread:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=8811121

... Delbert :wink2:

azulparsnip
06-11-2010, 01:02 AM
Delbert - oooh, that is too wonderful!!

gakinme
06-11-2010, 11:46 PM
Delbert, beautiful green beetle. How did you get the shine on the left leg and left side of the body? A white color pencil?

Brian, thanks for the explanation of the many eyes. So the damselfly has light sensors and eyes. The big bulby thing is an eye that sees or is it only decorative?

I knew you worked in a lab but I didn't realize you are a biologist. Now we got two from the science field here. Brian, what field are you exactly in? You're not in forensics, are you? Hehe....

I now work at the District Attorney office but I wonder if I would ever dare walk into a morgue and look at dead people. I want to try but I am worried I might have nightmares for the rest of my life.

Thanks for the prompt again, Janet. It really feels summery in your explanation. I shall try and trap a spider or fly one day too to draw. There are some spiders that have red backs over here but I don't think they are black widows. They are not elegant with thin legs like black widows.

brianvds
06-12-2010, 06:35 AM
Delbert, beautiful green beetle. How did you get the shine on the left leg and left side of the body? A white color pencil?

I would also be curious to know! And do you work from photos or real insects?

Brian, thanks for the explanation of the many eyes. So the damselfly has light sensors and eyes. The big bulby thing is an eye that sees or is it only decorative?

The big bulbous eyes are the main ones, with which it does its seeing and catching prey. It is partly why the eyes are so large: dragonflies and damselflies have excellent vision. From what I read the function of the small ocelli is not fully understood, but they may play a role in helping the insect orient itself in space, by measuring changes in light intensity.

I knew you worked in a lab but I didn't realize you are a biologist. Now we got two from the science field here. Brian, what field are you exactly in? You're not in forensics, are you? Hehe....

Well, calling myself a biologist is actually a bit of a stretch. I have a B degree in zoology, but I never actually worked in that field, and by the time I had completed the degree knew that whatever I wanted to do, being a researches was not it. :lol:

I now work at the District Attorney office but I wonder if I would ever dare walk into a morgue and look at dead people. I want to try but I am worried I might have nightmares for the rest of my life.

I am told people very quickly get used to it. Wouldn't know: I don't hang out with the dead. I only deal with blood samples (and, sometimes, rather more disgusting sorts of samples), all from living people.

Thanks for the prompt again, Janet. It really feels summery in your explanation. I shall try and trap a spider or fly one day too to draw. There are some spiders that have red backs over here but I don't think they are black widows. They are not elegant with thin legs like black widows.

Well, just to make sure, ask her how her husband is before you start drawing. If she starts sniveling and looking sort of shifty at the same time, you know she's a black widow...

gakinme
06-12-2010, 12:20 PM
Hahaha...right. The black widow might not be the most pleasant to hang around with. Alright, let me try a few more insect with big bulbous eyes. Now I know they could see me with those. Thanks for the info, Brian.

gakinme
06-19-2010, 01:46 PM
This is based on a photo of a praying mantis from wiki commons here (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Male_Miomantis_caffra.jpg).

Bombay India ink
FC Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils
Canson 120 lbs watercolor paper pad 9x12 inch half page

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jun-2010/86669-bombay_prayingmantisa.jpg

trafford
06-20-2010, 07:36 AM
WOW! Even the shadow looks sinister. :thumbsup:

gakinme
06-23-2010, 01:17 AM
Thank you, Janet. I do love doing bugs.

artbyjune
07-30-2010, 01:58 PM
I did a butterfly for this project but I can't post it until the site is running properly again. I've put it on my blog for now.

artbyjune
08-12-2010, 12:53 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2010/106623-2swallowtailwc1a3k.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2010/106623-bug1a6k.jpg

Butterfly from WDE photo. Bug from life.:D

gakinme
08-12-2010, 10:08 PM
June, the butterfly looks so good in its habitat but that second bug has even more beautiful colors. Simple yet very elegantly done!!

lovin art
08-23-2010, 05:07 PM
WOw What a wonderful thread everyones artwork is just gorgeous......its been a real pleasure to read and look at this thread............:clap: :clap: :clap: