Sketchbook Fun with Arachnids

sketchbook insects 6-15 (12)

Some spider drawings done with Platinum Carbon fountain pen in toned Canson sketchbook.  These are for a friend and fellow blogger, Inari, who drew a beautiful spider for me.  Check out, “what’s on the drawing board?” at  Inari Designs

Phalacrognathus Mueller

Phalacrognathus mueller, male

This iridescent male beetle is Phalacrognathus Mueller, a species in the Lucanidae family.  He is commonly called a rainbow stag beetle.

Painted with acrylics on watercolor paper, the real fun and challenge of painting this awesome beetle was in trying to communicate his iridescence.