Sketchbook Fun – Lilliputian Girls

Enjoying my sketchbook with some Lilliputian girls that had to get out and have some fun.  Done with Pentel brush pen, General’s white charcoal pencil and Prismacolor red pencil in a Strathmore grey toned sketchbook.

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Sketchbook Botanical Study

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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

Red Palm Weevil

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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

Screamer

What’s better than a zombie creep?. . . . . a screaming zombie creep.  I imagine his scream is, well, a sort of typical zombie scream.  But his starts low and grumbly only to intensify at the ending into an almost electric shrill. Can ya hear it?  He’s also got an awful twitch – characteristic of most zombies.  Think he needs a name.

Paper Wasp

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This is a Paper Wasp watercolor sketched in my Crescent sketchbook.  The Crescent sketchbook is predominantly for work with markers, they don’t bleed through to the next page.  Still not sure if I like the way the paper accepts watercolor.  However, for Copic and Prismacolor Markers, Crescent is awesome. Oh, and one last thing, this paper has a very slight greyish hue, it’s not labeled or considered a “toned” paper though.