Doing so many amphibians, there had to be something different now. I didn’t want to do another insect like a cockroach or a hornet, but rather something that people look at and think “oh, that’s kinda cute”. But still it had to be a little creepy.
The Lady Beetle
What better suits these needs of cute (like a lady bug) and creepy (like a skeleton beetle) than a Lady Beetle? Well, nothing I guess.
After trying out various rocks I went for this interestingly colored piece. I love the structure and various kinds of oxidation.
Rock ≠ Rock
Size of the beetle is roughly 2cm by 1.5 cm (0.7 x 0.4 inches).
Stone size is approximately 6 cm by 6 cm, about 5 cm thick.
Well, it was, that is.
As you may see from the closeup above, the stone has multiple cracks, which I didn’t pay big attention to before I started painting it.
Unfortunately the rock is rather soft and breaks off at the cracks pretty easily. It must be some young kind of sedimentary rock. So now the rock is going just to the right side of the beetle image and I have to be careful not to break off any more.
Still I love that kind of rock, reminds me of my passion for rust.