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Technical Pen and ink with Pastel
This series of drawings called "Insect Narratives" are portraits of insect specimens in my collection that I caught myself. Each bug is like a photograph in a family album in that when I peruse my collection, all the sights and sounds, circumstances, people I met along the way, even smells, come flooding back so I can relive the experience all over again. The writing on each drawing is my recounting of these experiences, and the emotions and thoughts they evoke in me. Tales of deadly snakes, being stalked by a jaguar, men with guns, living among the Indigenous People, and the excitement of finding a species new to me are all told on these drawings.
These images are drawings, mostly with pen and ink technical pen with the color added by burnishing pastel pencils into the surface and then erasing it back off. I then write the story around the bug, using a grid to help keep me straight as I write. The stories are totally spontaneous and I just record my thoughts in writing as I recall the experience of finding that insect. Once completed, I scan the image at high resolution and adjust the digital files to provide the most accurate reproduction print possible. The colors on different computer, pad, and even smartphone screens can vary considerably, and may look more saturated than the print will be, but know that I stand behind the product and want you to be completely satisfied. Just let me know if you have any concerns. Thank you for perusing my art gallery, and I hope you will come back. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter in which you will receive alerts as new pieces are completed, behind-the-scenes look at my processes, and other content you will find interesting.
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