finally it has black to finish it off as I intended a few weeks ago. fly away…
Again, for comparison here you will find the photo my wife took.
Let it be noted that a fascinating series of transformations occurred after the caterpillar pitched himself and before this stage of the chrysalis – and I intend to draw them — but will probably put them to their own page with a link to view it.
In the last two images I brought out a charcoal pencil and eraser for the black areas. Not only do I mix my media but I take a departure from simply representing the image to interpreting it in a way that isn’t too abstract, just playful.
I decided (rather, Adonai prompted me) to make my own story without words using the photos taken by my wife of a caterpillar morphing into a monarch. Here are a few of the thumbnail panels.
The caterpillar may or not know what he will change into (what do you believe?), but the symbolism is what I’m reaching for here. As an artist I’m aiming to get back on the road my Creator seems to have laid out for me, hence this image. I made it mainly to get a sense of what color pencils will do to evoke the soft texture and subtle shift of colors of the monarch’s wings.