Saturday, 6 March 2010

Ladybird in Hand in carbon pencil

With a little bit of watercolour pencil thrown in just for fun.

This week's Illustration Friday prompt is brave. So what's brave about holding a ladybird beetle? Not much, unless you grew up a complete insectophobe. Which I did.

Having this happen to me as a kid would have kept me indoors for at least a week.

I work as a naturalist now and it isn't unusual for me to wind up with insects crawling on me in the course of a school program, but there's still a little voice inside my head that thinks I'm absolutely insane to let it happen. The fact that I can, and that the children I'm teaching probably don't know that I used to be scared of insects? Well, doesn't that count as brave?

Brave comes in all sizes, I figure.

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Edited to add:

After I posted this, it occurred to me that I could have submitted pretty much anything I've ever submitted for Illustration Friday for this word. I'm just a doodler, and for a long time I was a pretty closeted doodler. It's a bit of an act of bravery every single time one of these doodles makes it to the blog...

4 comments:

Susan Faye said...

I applaud your bravery both with creepy crawlies and Illustration Friday!! Otherwise I would have been deprived of enjoying your beautiful "doodle". I LOVE the feeling of a little ladybug crawling on my hand and your drawing made me smile at the thought!

Kirsten said...

I love the way you've coloured just the ladybug in this picture - even though it's tiny it's the focus of the picture.

Congrats on being brave - I know exactly what you mean! I think all creative people have to be brave. You put your heart into a piece of art and then post it up for all the world to see and comment on! That's pretty brave :)

. justin segal said...

well then ... bravo on your bravery! Love the illo too!

Sparroweye said...

I love this. We have them hatching out in our bathroom each spring. We try and save as many as possible.

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