Some sketchbook drawings done over the past couple months.
The blue flowers are Lobelia. All are painted with gouache. Notice the beetle leg peeking into the lily drawing.
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
Painted with Liquitex acrylic paints on acrylic paper. First an underpainting was done with markers then I thin my acrylics with an airbrush medium making the paint more transparent and watercolor-like. This makes the acrylics layer nicely while allowing the undercolors to peek through.
A fascinating little beetle the Palm Weevil is, but unfortunately they are considered pests in areas where palm trees are abundant. The female is attracted to the sweet smell of palms. At the palm she will find a soft spot in the base of the trunk. There she will dig a hole with her rostrum (mouthparts at the end of what looks like a snout). Then she deposits her eggs into the hole with her ovipositor. When the larvae emerge they feed on the palm pulp . . .
The rest of the process starts to get a little more technical here. For those of you that are interested you can read a more detailed description of the life cycle of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, Red Palm Weevil here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhynchophorus_ferrugineus