March 3, 2012

Danaus plexippus…aka….Butterfly

Since I’ve always been fond of butterflies and I really, really wanted to draw one and not “screw it up”. 

I pulled out my watercolor pencil set.  Ahhh, these pencils are just fun!    I didn’t think I could pull off a realistic type of fly.  So I decided to color outside of the box.

Originally I had wanted to make the latin name pop out in white.


Aren’t these guys just the prettiest creatures?  As a kid,  I witnessed a huge monarch butterfly swarm on a Saturday morning right outside my bedroom window.  So, I did the logical thing and ran after them.  I was able to catch two.  I released them into my room and had 2 pet butterflies for a day.  I think my Dad found out and convinced me to release the butterflies before they died.  Possibly if I had butterfly food at home I could’ve kept them!  Haha

I saw a very creative journal page on flickr that inspired the background for this page.   Because plain ‘ole white just wasn’t doing it for me.

I really enjoy drawing this way….you know where you take a real image and then whimsy-size it! 


Julia Christie said...

I love how this turned out! The backround is perfect.


Julia Christie said...

I love how this turned out! The backround is perfect.


Eden said...

@Julia- thanks so much! I wasn't sure if it would work or not, and I really appreciate you liking it :D

lori vliegen said...

you always have a wonderful way of adding just the right amount of pattern and color to your artwork! this is fabulous!! xox

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