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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Illustration Friday - Insect


Praying Mantis, originally uploaded by beyondhope.

I've always loved the Praying Mantis. They're so gentle --never scurrying away when encountered. They're fascinating to look at and to hold.
And the female --after it mates --bites off the head of the male! ha!

I think that's why I admire them so much! Come on...admit it...there are days when you'd like to bite off your husband's head! teehee!

16 comments:

The Unknown said...

I know a few men who's heads have been bitten off. Cool illo.
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Sioux said...

Beautiful job! I really like it!

Shelly McC said...

This is cool. Great job!

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

great texture and colors

HARDWAX said...

Yeah, praying mantis is my favorite as well, something cute and almost like a really tiny person, I kinda like that biting off head part to.

Janet said...

Nice illo! I've always liked them, too!

Tony Sarrecchia said...

Beautiful job!

Jenna said...

I really like this! When I was 3 and 4 my family lived in Guam. We had a "pet" praying mantis that lived on our window screen and we would give it honey from a toothpick. Fun memory to have... :)

AnastasiaC said...

Looks great!!! love the colours and how close it is!

JaKo said...

Awesome & great ! I mean picture , not this bitten heads :-)

carla said...

Beautiful work...I also think the preying mantis is pretty amazing to look at. I have had many occasions when I've been right near one and didn't even notice...they blend so well! Then I'd have a bit of a shock! great work:>

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Don said...

Very nice mantis! Well done indeed. And one of my favorite insects overall, too.

Anonymous said...

Love the cool green-to-blue palette you have chosen. Very alluring and suited to the direct stare of the subject matter.

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botanicalart&naturalist illustration said...

Love the cool green to blue palette you have chosen.
Cynthia Padilla, Editor of Sketching & Drawing. Garden & Hearth: www.gardenandhearth.com/SketchingandDrawing.htm

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fin said...

They're my fave bugs!