Sketchbook Botanical Study

botanical crest (2)

A sketchbook study for a painting in progress.  Looking at the photo, I see I overdid the white.  It was an opaque white so  I think that a transparent white in the final painting will work better.

Watercolor in 8.5 x 11″  Canson Earthbound kraft-toned sketchbook with black Sharpie background

Zombie Ant Fungus

Art 5-26-15 (19)

There is a bizarre fungus that turns carpenter ants into zombies and gets them to die in a place that’s perfect for the fungus to grow and reproduce.  These sketchbook drawings are of several ants who fell victim to this very specialized fungus.

Markers in Canson Earthbound toned sketchbook.

For more info on this fungus, it’s lifecycle and the effects it has on ants:  http://www.livescience.com/5631-zombie-ants-controlled-fungus.html