Sketches, Commissions, and Other Drawings by Charlotte Hartle

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Planetary Groths series part 3 - Saturn

Things I have been working on. 

Planetary Groths series part 2 - Jupiter 

Other things I have been working on

More inks!  My hermit crab (he/she is, you guessed it, blue) has been especially adorable lately, so this.  Also I wanted to do more textured things. 

And thought I should post this here as well. : )
Worked on this today.  Not completely sure if I’m done with it yet so I didn’t scan it in.
Last summer thousands of Brood II Magicicada emerged after 17 years in the ground. I wasn’t old enough to run around catching them the last time they popped up, but last year I made up for that lost time. I have a few of them in my collection now and this is one of them.
This painting is available for purchase in my shop.

Did some traditional inking practice!  Sapphire Groth was my model. : )
I thought about doing a texture inside the border or around the border but I will think about that more later, haha.
Groths are a creature creation of mine! For more Groths, check out the Groth tag on my blog. : >

Been working on this~
Getting back into the swing of things with some beetle watercolor practice. : )
Thanks for posing, pinned beetle. (I like to spread the wings!)
lightwaving: Hi there, I'm curious about the process you used for creating the beetle. Was it pencil sketch, then illustrator, then photoshop?


I used a dissecting microscope with a camera lucida attachment to view the beetle and sketch parts of it, then scanned those in and put them together in Photoshop CS4.  

All of the linework was also done in CS4.  I worked on half of the beetle at a time during linework so I could flip it and the halves would be symmetrical.  I added the setae, punctures, and eye facets after finishing the base.  

After that I painted the whole beetle in CS4 (used the transparency lock a lot and painted on one layer for each part - head, pronotum, etc.) while referencing the specimen under the scope.

Hope that answers your question.

9 months ago