Beetle Love

November 5th 15 (5)

Some beetle sketches from many moons ago.


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.

Adam Ant and My Naked-Eye

Common Ant

Common Ant

Recently found this little guy crawling around on my sketchbook while I was sketching  Well, this is my interpretation of him as he was too fast and because he was very small and my naked-eye is not quite as sharp as it used to be.  Adam Ant here was sketched with a Micron pen and colored with Koi watercolors.

Bing and Beetles

Dorcus tanakai (large) (2)

While looking through some of my paintings to maybe post, I found this pair.  I had forgotten the little details about this species, so I Binged  Dorcus tanakai, and to my surprise my painting popped up as the first image in the Bing image search.  I had originally posted it on Flickr a while back and forgot.  Okay, I know, cheap thrill but a small one nonetheless.

Enough about me, this beetle pair, dorsal and ventral (back and belly) views, were painted with acrylics on canvas.

Chalcosoma atlas in flight

Atlas beetle (toned lagre)

I love painting these guys. They get pretty big at lengths of up to 25-60 millimeters in length. Their larva is known for  fierce behavior. It’ll  bite ya if touched. Unverified reports exist of Chalcosoma larvae that live together,  fighting to the death if space or food are insufficient.

Watercolor on Canson toned paper.