Tuesday, August 17, 2010
EDM 286 - Something colorful
As I was preparing to draw, a small bumblebee landed on the table. It crawled along the edge of the table and then suddenly stopped as if it were too exhausted to go on. I grabbed the pencil and quickly sketched it, noting the placement of the stripes of fur, the shape of the legs, the curve of the thorax. It stayed for about 20 minutes, long enough to study it well and add some color. I added it to the sketch of begonias. See it there on the darker leaf on the left? It was a tiny little bee, maybe just hatched or popped or however bees become bees.
I'm always in awe when I get the opportunity to see a bit of nature up close like this. Bees are always in motion so it's rare to see one so close and still that I could make out the soft down and the brilliant colors.
Watercolor in Moleskine wc book.
Here's the bee sketch if you're interested. It's done using watercolor pencils. I made notes, too.