Entomology: Watercolour play

Entomology: Watercolour play

As I mentioned in my last post, I am attmepting to work in watercolours for my current brief. Initially, I wasn’t too keen but I have to admit the results have grown on me. I’ve been able to utilise the paints in a way to create more realistic portraits of the cicadas, rather than my usual stylised methods of working. It’s different for me, but I think I like it. It’s nice to flex my drawing skills again, as I feel I haven’t really drawn in the true sense of the word since starting university two years ago.

You can see how I’ve refined the way I’ve been using the watercolours in comparison to the first cicada I painted, which is the blue, third from the bottom.

It’s also interesting to see the variety of cicadas around the world. You don’t really notice the differences until you study them closely, from their colouring to the patterns in their wings. It’s also suprising to see the variety of colours they come in, as one doesn’t really associate cicadas with bright colours, or atleast I didn’t.

In other news, I’m off to Krakow, Poland this sunday for six days, so whilst I won’t be posting when I’m gone, I’m sure I’ll come back with plenty to blog about.