Saturday, 10 April 2010

Chain in graphite and coloured pencil

This week's Illustration Friday prompt is linked.  Not a surprise with my ecology background that I started thinking about links in nature.  Which narrows things down NOT AT ALL, unfortunately for inspiration, because everything out there is linked in some way.

I settled on a couple of different links.  First, pollinator and flower.  Pretty serious link there since each has, over time, adapted its structures to suit the other.  That can cause problems when a plant becomes dependent on just one pollinator, especially when pollinators are starting to disappear.

My pollinator will be disappearing pretty soon, if she's not careful.  The second link here is between predator and prey.  Enough said there, I guess, except to mention that I think Goldenrod Spiders are pretty cool.  But then, I think all spiders are pretty cool.  I'm weird that way.

This was done with graphite pencil on textured paper, and included liberal use of my left middle finger.  Erm, for blending.  I don't have any stumps with me just now.  I added a slight bit of coloured pencil to give the whole thing a faded, antiquey look.  Did it work?  I'm sort of on the fence, to be honest.  Posting it anyway.

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