Friday, November 25, 2005


something small from the sketchbook archives


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most certainly is small, this little beetle. Did you do it as a prelim for a larger work or painting?


25/11/05 12:13 p.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

wow! gorgeous and great idea for small!

25/11/05 2:46 p.m.  
Blogger Anonymous said...

I would love to see these metallic scarabs looking like stars! Good drawing; and I like your choices for negative spaces :)

25/11/05 7:18 p.m.  
Blogger mel said...

great stuff here! i love your nature drawing :)

25/11/05 7:21 p.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

This is such a great picture of a beetle! Were you thinking of Rabbit's relation "very small beetle" also known as "small" from Winnie the Pooh?

I love the way your style of patches comes through even in a little sketch like this.

26/11/05 2:11 a.m.  
Blogger JacqueLynn said...

I love beetles!! I like that you used very similar tone and value on part of the battle and stem, it gives him a true appearance of blending in with nature, at the same time you have great use of dark behind him leading up to the white on one side of his shell. A very cool sketch.

26/11/05 4:22 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Detlef: The plan was to do some sketches for something larger, but only the sketches ever materialised! :)

Valgal, Anon, Melanie, Caroline & Jacquelynn: Ever since I had the "negative space" lesson in a drawing class I've been facsinated by the whole idea. As you can see! I never made the Winnie the Pooh connection, Caroline. Thanks for pointing it out!

26/11/05 7:41 a.m.  
Blogger carla said...

I really like the grey tones you used here. Funny...I thought of the Winnie the Pooh beetle as well:> The composition is really excellent...there's just enough to draw the eye directly to the bettle,

26/11/05 7:00 p.m.  
Blogger Joel said...

The doodles and the lines of lost poems often give me the most joy .... for me, revelation came when I observed how different light falls at different times of the day in different seasons....

26/11/05 8:29 p.m.  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

I once came across a woman who had this beautiful bejewelled scarab brooch. On getting close to her, I realised it was a real beetle with jewels on its back that was attached to her blouse with a tiny gold chain.....bizarre!!

27/11/05 4:58 a.m.  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Wonderful illustration; great detail and contrast... and as mentioned above, beautiful use of negative space.

27/11/05 6:48 a.m.  
Blogger Wilnara said...

Andrea this is truly a wonderful drawing. Your contrast, and the detail- jumps off the page. Id love to see how he would turn out in color but, at the same time I appreciate the simplicity of the drawing just the way it is.

27/11/05 7:15 a.m.  
Anonymous a said...

great pencil work. wonderful detail.

27/11/05 10:34 a.m.  
Blogger cream said...

I like it very much. Really good!

27/11/05 2:51 p.m.  
Blogger Mick said...

Indeed, a marvelous drawing here, Andrea. I like your choices for the negative spaces too - and I do mean choices. Too many of us rather "end up" with the spaces as opposed to contemplating them purposefully as part of the compositional design. Anyway, a lovely piece! :)

28/11/05 1:01 p.m.  
Blogger Toni said...

I think insects are some of the most interesting subjects from nature to draw and paint.
this is a wonderful drawing. Even though it would be wonderful in color I really like it this mono tone.
and negative space is great

30/11/05 3:03 a.m.  
Blogger Jaimie said...

This is beautifully drawn. I love all of your work.

1/12/05 6:19 a.m.  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

It's more than a sketch! It's beautiful. :)

1/12/05 9:23 a.m.  

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