I just started a new challenge for myself. It is studying bugs. Yes, creepy crawlies. No, they are not yucky. They are actually very pretty and challenging. Bugs have very distinct color patterns, complicated anatomy and beautiful wings with different textures and transparencies. My goal for this study is to at least learn how to draw and paint them, and create a style of my own in drawing them.
I also started adding Historical clothing as a secondary prompt to the bugs, matching them with each to create a new illustration. It has been a challenge daily to think about what to create and what clothing I should match with each individual insect.
I started with dragonflies which was Wondering, and some friends suggested that I do a series of these images. I continued on to Flutter, which is about Butterflies and a sleeping kid, moved on to Buzz, where I started to incorporate the Historical clothing theme with Victorian inspired clothing for the Bee Illustration. I then did, Lady Bugs in Victorian style, Mantis in Bloom which is in Hanbok (Korean), Alitaptap / Firefly – Filipino Dress, Desert Queen which is Egyptian, Finally, Wasp and the Samurai which is Japanese
The whole challenge seems to evolve day to day, as I challenge myself more with it. I hope I can finish this challenge. I sometimes do LIVES on my facebook page where you can watch me paint and talk to me while i do so. Here is one of the timelapses of the painting I have done which is the WASP and the Samurai