|I worked fast...I was standing up, the butterfly might move at any time, and the katydid, DID! Sort of a slow-motion sloth effect...and of course added more details and more creatures as I went along!|
|slow-moving but definitely MOVING bush katydid...the leaf-like designs on his back were much more visible in this macro shot--I couldn't really see them with the naked eye.|
My reference photos were really helpful in getting at the details I'd missed, although I never COULD get my camera to focus properly on the walking stick.
I used my magnifying glass to get the details of the chrysalis--it was thin as tissue paper, delicate and almost translucent. I thought I was done when I did the version below, with a headline, border, and color...
|I waited a few days to add the color, until my new open-stock Verithin pencils arrived from Dick Blick--and then decided to add some watercolor after all!|
|A day or so later still, I went back in and strengthened the darks and added a bit of tone to make the chrysalis at upper left stand out...|
A wonderful new book really points up the value of field sketches over more mechanical means of nature study. It's Field Notes on Science and Nature.
Edited by Michael Canfield and published by Harvard University Press--if you're interested in nature study with your journal, you'll love it too.