Continuing our catalogue of exotic microfauna, here is Hawley’s crab, also called Hawley’s manta ray.
In the plate above a fully grown specimen can be seen preparing to ingest a gyron. Gyrons form the entire basis of the organism’s diet. Contrary to scientific consensus and popular opinion, gyrons are neither indestructible nor innumerable. Indeed, Hawley’s crab is but one of several known species which threaten the fabric of reality by feeding upon its most basic constituent.
Hawley’s crab is very tiny indeed. Recall that Dr. Meno demonstrated in his seminal Cats, Atoms, Gyrons, Aether, and the Universe that the span of a gyron is only 10-35 the length of a salami.
Most of my drawings begin with a photograph from Nature, or even a natural object. It’s not so I can attempt to recreate objects exactly, but to provide a resource for observation and reference which grounds the artwork in reality.
As you can see, the finished product is both stylized and realistic (within the limits of my ability in regard to both). I like learning how best to convey texture, contour, volume, and depth, developing my self-taught technique to serve my need.
But I like to remain essentially faithful to the particular thing itself, discovering its structural secrets and honoring its imperfections and uniqueness. Here is the original, which I spotted on the way in to work last week. Continue reading “Drawing and Nature”
It’s always fun to pick up little gribblies from the ground when you’re out for a hike in the woods, or even just a nice walk in the neighborhood. These objects can be used for art studies, sit-arounds, and whatever you can think up. Seeking them forces you to become more engaged with your environment, and more curious. Whenever I find something I can’t identify, I always want to know what it is. And I always want to know more about the things I’m already familiar with. I usually want to draw things, or study them for one of my scenic vignettes, but the search and the study it encourages stand as rewards in their own right.
Autumn in Pittsburgh is arriving by degrees. Many maple trees have ignited in brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows, but most of the trees are only displaying their first blush of Fall color.
I draw as often as I can, and almost always draw things I’ve found on my walks in Nature.
I embrace the progressive abstraction as I transfer real mushrooms and other small objects discovered in the course of my hiking to the page. Pens, pencils, and markers help me condense and personalize the often unassuming, ephemeral focus of my fascination. Continue reading “From Forest to Page”
I’ve found time here and there to complete another little vignette. This one features a dead tree, which I haven’t done in a while. As usual, this one is a kind of lesson to be applied in basing minis, as well as a little imaginative refuge in its own right.