Saturday, September 09, 2006

Illustration Friday - Farm


I was at a bit of a loss for this week's topic. Then I thought about those ant farms - you know the ones, where you have a thin glass walled case filled with earth and the ants make their tunnels in the case. So you can see all the ants going about their ant-y business, wandering around their tunnels. That's the kind of thing which would keep me transfixed for hours as a child.

This sketch was done with pen, ink and brush. I just bought some new vermillion ink this week so I thought I'd have a play with it. I looked at electron microscope pictures of ants on the net to see what they looked like close up. They look pretty alien. The amazing thing is that they have lots of "fur" on their legs and mandibles. Once when I had a really bad fever I hallucinated that a giant ant had come through the wall and looked at me. Looking at this picture, I'm glad that it was just a fever dream!

9 comments:

Michelle Lana said...

great illo....

Liz Jones said...

giant ants!!
*shudder*
It is fun to watch the tiny cities developing,though! Great illo!

swahnen said...

Nice illustrations, keep up the good work!

trophiogrande said...

nice piece!

Teri C said...

Yikes, what an awesome illo!

Alina Chau said...

lovely drawing!! cool take on the theme!

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

What a fabulous ant! The vermillion pen really adds a graphic touch to an otherwise very realistic drawing.

georg said...

Great ant, you have, I love the red colours. Yes, ants are amazing insects.

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DEW said...

Great JOB!! I love the idea and the execution is stellar!