Our Fasination With Pretty Bugs - art inspired by the dragonfly and other insects
DRAGONFLIES AND OTHER PRETTY BUGSClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
PILL BUG - PHOTO AND RENDER
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 TRANSFORMEDClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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LINKS TO BUG ART
- Jeepers Creepers! 10 Insanely Original Insect-Inspired Artists | WebEcoist
Itching for something that will REALLY catch your eye at the museum? These artists know how to chill & thrill onlookers w/their unique recycled bug creations!
- New & Vintage Michael Godard Releases - 866-278-2687
Michael Godard art gallery with new releases and his vintage paintings. Olives, martini and gambling themes.
- Baby Bugs Print at Art.com
Baby Bugs Print - Find the Baby Bugs Fine Art Print or another poster, print, photograph, photo or artwork in Art.com's Galleries.
- Why Bugs? - Jane Davenport Blog — Jane Davenport Blog
Jane Davenport - an artists journal page
- Bug Art by Steven R Kutcher: DVD & Prints
Bugs Are My Business -- biography, film credits, educational/environmental talks and ideas, and photos of Steven Kutcher, The Bug Man of Hollywood
- Dragonflies, bugs from art Nouveau, original painting by artist Delilah Smith | DailyPainters.com
Dragonflies, bugs from art Nouveau, original painting by artist Delilah Smith | DailyPainters.com. Original art paintings from the Daily Painters Gallery.
- Christopher Marley\'s Insect Art | Daily Contributor
Christopher Marley, an artist using insects as his subjects to create beautiful and unique works of art has been featured in a CBS report today.
- A Band Of Bugs
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