I have never had the pleasure of seeing a chipmunk. I do not think they are native to my area. They seem adorable but I have heard the can be quite a pest.
I decided to whip out my old Nintendo 3ds….I remember spending days on a drawing using the Colors Live! ap on it. Click here for Colors Live!
I have been so very spoiled with Apps like iDraw, ArtRage, Procreate, Photoshop, and Sketchclub. The amazing tools to transform and manipulate layers have certainly spoiled me.
Going back to this app was just the challenge I needed. Sans the transform tool I was forced to sketch to scale and not have a means to fix other than erase and redraw! Of course I also love that the app allows you to create in 3D. The only down side was the smallest line setting is no where near small enough and the zoom is only 400%. I have grown accustomed to zooming for details and the lovely blur options the other apps provide.
Nonetheless, this was fun. It took way longer than it should have and is nowhere near the quality I like posting but I think I will occasionally return to this app to keep me grounded and not get too spoiled by the digital art tools! Well….and keep using ink and paper as well as brush and canvas!
To watch the above drawing unfold click here.
I decided to challenge myself and attempt a creation using only red hues….
The challenge was not the color. It was her feet. I use no references…so when I zoomed in to sketch her toes I completely forgot her legs were crossed and originally drew her toes backwards! Thankfully I noticed before posting!
IF YOU HAVE ARACHNOPHOBIA DO NOT READ THIS!
Summer Of The Spider
I tend to stare out my kitchen window frequently. I love observing the vast nature for inspiration. That is…until….a little over a month ago.
I was making my morning coffee…..only a delicious blend of Starbucks’ Vanilla and Millstone’s Chocolate will hit the spot lately. Thankfully self brewing is still inexpensive! I digress …back to the topic at hand…I look up and OMG…holy mother of goat cheese. It is the largest scariest spider staring back at me. Before I wet myself, I realize this monstrosity is outside. I then suddenly feel itchy all over, creepy crawlies…..lovely. Eventually though, this beast somehow works its way into my daily routine. I watch it. Fascinated by how it keeps rebuilding its web amidst our typical tropical summers and the seemingly never ending torrential down pours. Then it hits me…this beast has 7 legs… Aren’t spiders supposed to have 8? By the distinctive colors I recognize it as a Banana Spider…..I decide that either my memory of 8 legs is an Octopus confusion or this spider is strange. I decided to research…..as I am also curious as to whether or not the smaller spider which had by then built another web in front of her was perhaps a mate…..when I say smaller….I mean MUCH smaller. It turns out the larger is in fact a female banana spider and the smaller would be a courting male….already WAY more than I ever cared to know about these beasts. It then became a ritual to periodically view them…Watch her devour insects. Rebuild this MASSIVE web several times a day. Then….came….BABIES…I am not certain as to how many.. Much like their parents, the varied in size. All the while I have used this as an opportunity for my photography. I wish I had a better camera as capturing the beauty of her web is next to impossible with a cheap camera. Nonetheless, I certainly have tried. I woke up Sunday and was incredibly saddened to see that she was seemingly gone. As it turned out though, she moved her web slightly out of view. She has since reclaimed her spot directly center in my view though. I keep meaning to set up time elapsed photography so that others can see how truly incredible these beasts are.
I am just glad she is outside as I swear she is getting larger. There is something quite soothing in watching her go back and forth as she spins her web. I have never been a fan of spiders…except perhaps Charlotte. I now however have gained a new respect for them.