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Our Fascination With Pretty Bugs - Art Inspired by the Dragonfly and Other Insects

Updated on February 10, 2020

DRAGONFLIES AND OTHER PRETTY BUGS

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PINK DRAGONFLYBLUE DRAGONFLYCOTTON HARLEQUINBUTTERFLYDOGBANE BEETLE
PINK DRAGONFLY
PINK DRAGONFLY | Source
BLUE DRAGONFLY
BLUE DRAGONFLY | Source
COTTON HARLEQUIN
COTTON HARLEQUIN | Source
BUTTERFLY
BUTTERFLY | Source
DOGBANE BEETLE
DOGBANE BEETLE | Source

One of my favorite things is to design art with dragonflies and ladybugs. What could this fascination be? Aren't girls supposed to hate bugs?

I am not sure I would like a real dragonfly to land on my hand. I have held many ladybugs though.

Butterflies are another insect that are very beautiful. I have had them land on me as well and am fine with that. I also like to plant my garden to attract butterflies to it through the types of flowers planted in it.

There are several bugs I consider beautiful: dragonflies, butterflies, ladybugs, cotton harleguin, dogbane beetles. What is the difference between these bugs and a centipede or potato bug? Could it be just the fact that they are ugly that creates such revulsion? Why are pretty bugs acceptable and ugly ones so abhorrent?

Both of the pink dragonfly(above) and the ladybug(below) are art I have created. The ladybug was a school project from college. I took a computer wallpaper and hand vectored shapes to create it rather than use a rendering softwear. Those types of softwear were not nearly as good as Corel X5's now, and even that is not as good to me as doing it yourself. The dragon fly is done in Photoshop. Some bugs are not always as pretty in reality as how we represent them in our art, but that can really be said of almost any subject.

A LADY BUG

LADY BUG VECTOR
LADY BUG VECTOR | Source

PILL BUG - PHOTO AND RENDER

pill bug jpg, hand render, computer trace render
pill bug jpg, hand render, computer trace render | Source

PHOTO TO ART - RENDERING

Here I have shown a pill bug. I used it to show you the difference between computer rendering and hand rendering from a photographic image.

This is really more of a neutral bug to me. They like moist places so if they do get in your house they will dry out quick, but if left outside each bug can live about two years. Although it is not what I would consider an ugly bug I would not necessarily choose it for my artwork normally.

This is not the same as painting or drawing, but if you are weak in those areas you can still do this with a computer program.

I suppose if I changed the colors and drew them as both in their "pill" form as well as stretched out they would probably be a fine example of bug art.

UGLY TRANSFORMED

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EWWW! POTATO BUG'S BIG UGLY MUG!!Not so ugly any more!HOUSE CENTIPEDE ICK #2!SAME HOUSE CENTIPEDE not so ICK!
EWWW! POTATO BUG'S BIG UGLY MUG!!
EWWW! POTATO BUG'S BIG UGLY MUG!! | Source
Not so ugly any more!
Not so ugly any more! | Source
HOUSE CENTIPEDE ICK #2!
HOUSE CENTIPEDE ICK #2! | Source
SAME HOUSE CENTIPEDE not so ICK!
SAME HOUSE CENTIPEDE not so ICK! | Source

UGLY BUGS

The most disgusting bug I ever ran into was a potato bug. They can bite also so I definitely don't want to ever run into one again.

Another disgusting bug is the house centipede. They like dark damp basements. For this very reason I do not like to ever have my washing machine in the basement. They are fast and creepy.

Here are pictures of the two bugs I would definitely classify as UGLY bugs. The potato bug is relatively common in southern California so few people who have lived there for a while can say they never saw one. The other is a picture of a house centipede. These actually scare me more than mice, but less than rats. I don't think they are poisonous like some centipedes, but still very repulsive.

BUG ART ON THE WEB

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Bug Art a DVD portraying some unique artJane Davenport - an artists journal pageAn art printA group showing of "Band of Bugs"Lady bug art by Michael GodardMore Bob Marley Bug ArtFeaturing 10 insect inspired artists
Bug Art a DVD portraying some unique art
Bug Art a DVD portraying some unique art | Source
Jane Davenport - an artists journal page
Jane Davenport - an artists journal page | Source
An art print
An art print | Source
A group showing of "Band of Bugs"
A group showing of "Band of Bugs" | Source
Lady bug art by Michael Godard
Lady bug art by Michael Godard | Source
More Bob Marley Bug Art
More Bob Marley Bug Art | Source
Featuring 10 insect inspired artists
Featuring 10 insect inspired artists | Source

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    • Marla Neogra profile imageAUTHOR

      Marla J Neogra 

      16 months ago from Parkersburg, West Virginia

      Sorry it took so long to get to your comment, the notification got lost in my general box!

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      Ella Bee 

      17 months ago from Texas

      Beautiful. I like bugs, too. In 2017, I did a sketch-a-day, in several small sketchbooks. Many of the days, I drew bugs or animals.

      Thank you for the article. This is my first time on HubPages and yours my first hubpage to read.

      I don't really know what I'm doing, yet..just looking around a bit.

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