Early last May, I started work on the drawing of a cicada. Summer and the end of classes intervened before the project could be finished. The only progress made was a first-draft proportional sketch.
Alert readers of the ‘pile may remember last August’s “Miracle on a Car Tire” post, when a cicada crawled out of the earth into the wheel well of our car… ecdysis ensued.
Summer came and went. Fall Came. The sketch was refined to the point of being ready to transfer to “Bristol Board” paper.
Once transferred to the drawing board, the first layers of color were applied. Test colors were applied to the small piece of card you see in the upper left of the photo below. In the upper right are the source specimens used for the work.
Then begins adding layers of color.
Layer after layer, just a bit at a time.
Laying-on continues…first the thorax, then the abdomen.
Two more hours of work on the abdomen, and the end is in sight. (Sorry)
The final two hours of work were spent on refining color, adding highlights, and working on the wings.
And then the cicada is done at last.
The final steps are initialing and dating the drawing and applying fixative.
What will be next?