Sulfur Drawing

You can’t always decide quickly about what to draw next.

For longer than seemed necessary, I couldn’t decide.

I hemmed and hawed.

What the heck is hemming and hawing, anyway? Let’s digress. “Hem and haw” turns out to be an onomatopoetic construction, from the “ahem” noises that people tend to make while in a state of uncertainty. The phrase has been around since the late 18th century.

The sulfur butterfly in Julie’s specimen box was worn, but still had decent color.

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No more hemming and hawing!

I decided to draw the sulfur.

First: make the sketch.

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Select colors…

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Transfer sketch to illustration”bristol” board, and start laying in color.

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Refine details.

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Build up color layers.

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Refine details.

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Build up color layers.

Getting near completion.

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Oh yes. Don’t forget the abdomen.

Write in initials, and date….

Done!

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One sulfur butterfly.

Colias eurytheme.

 

 

 

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