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Weatherless worlds, but then, some art!

This morning on Twitter, I have encountered this article describing what has become of Facebook, and, you know, it's true. One of the most irritating elements is how, if I look at something, and then ten minutes later, I want to go back and look at it again, I have to work darned hard to actually track it down.

Yes, there are many parts of the internet that I would rather pay for directly instead, like LJ, which doesn't meddle with the presentation order. Harumph.


Every time I sit down to work on an academic presentation, I am overcome by a powerful itch to draw things. Sometime in the near future, I am going to give a talk at a brunch seminar series that is hosted by the insect museum here, so of course I started feeling like all of my visual aids needed updating. And you know, they did need updating, because the last time I sat down to draw out crickets was towards the beginning of all of this cricket work, before I really got to know their anatomy in greater detail.

I'm really glad to have worked on that freelance illustration project last fall, because retaining familiarity with Illustrator helped me massively streamline my cricket illustrations yesterday.

For some reason, I haven't been putting my illustrations online. But I've changed my mind. Here are a few favorites. They are very un-fancy, but that works best for presentations, eh?






( 6 remarks — Remark )
Feb. 27th, 2016 03:22 am (UTC)
Wow, you drew those? That's really cool!
I'm a rubbish artist so I'm always totally impressed when I run across someone who's good at illustration.
Mar. 1st, 2016 12:43 am (UTC)
It might be slightly more accurate to say that I traced them from photos that I took or where I have full reuse/modify permissions. :^)

I would also note that I know some professional photographers who get [for good reason] really grumpy when people do this with their photos for profit without asking, so I am careful about this.

And lastly - I have full respect for artists who disdain working from photographs, because they're right - photos flatten perspective, so the effects that one can get from life drawing are different than what one gets from photos. That said...it's really hard to get crickets and ants to stand still for drawings.
Mar. 1st, 2016 01:25 am (UTC)
Or at least LIVE ones.
Feb. 27th, 2016 06:36 pm (UTC)
Simplicity Is Always Beautiful
Hi Rebecca,

Your drawings are beautiful and show the naturalist's eye for detail and beauty. Thanks for sharing. Jim Duncan
Mar. 1st, 2016 12:39 am (UTC)
Re: Simplicity Is Always Beautiful
I'm glad you enjoyed them, Jim!
Mar. 25th, 2016 05:35 pm (UTC)
those would make really neat window decals, tshirts, mugs. shrinkydink key rings!

i keeed. they are awesome.
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