Jewel Frog Beetle

Jewel Frog Beetle Studies (c) Kestrel Creative

The jewel frog beetle’s gorgeous metallic exoskeleton was fascinating to look at, especially under a microscope, but challenging to render. As shown above, I experimented with a variety of media and surfaces before settling on marker and colored pencil. My favorite part was drawing the rather frightening-looking head. Under intense magnification, what looks commonplace at first glance suddenly appears new, alien, and otherworldly.

Colored pencil, marker, and digital media, 8″ x 10″.

Jewel Frog Beetle Poster (c) Kestrel Creative