The theme this week for Illustration Friday is ‘Wings’.
Naturally, being me, I had to come up with something a little different, and naturally, being me, an insect came to mind.
This is my interpretation of a crane fly, or Daddy-Long-Legs. Now, as I’m sure all English people know*, crane flies appear every autumn and drift about aimlessly, often getting trapped indoors, where they get tangled up in spider webs. Sometimes they break away, being large insects, and drag bits of web with them. Sometimes they lose a leg or two – or more – because, despite being large insects, they’re quite fragile. They sometimes lose bits of their wings for the same reason.
I drew the basis for this piece of work in a program called Scribbler, then I imported it into iDraw where I cleaned up the edges and the shape of the head and body, added some insect features, and made some adjustments to the legs. Then I added some patches of colour, which I textured using the line tool, and lastly I added a few strands of cobweb.
What I can’t seem to do – being quite new to iDraw – is export the damn thing so I can post it full size, so for now I’ve taken a screenshot and enlarged it, which means it’s not as sharp as I’d like. I’ve got a support ticket in, but who knows when they’ll answer that.
Let me know what you think. Remember this is a learning curve for me and most project will incorporate techniques I’m unfamiliar with, so any constructive criticism is helpful!
* I think I’m right in saying that the insect known as a ‘Daddy-Long-Legs’ is different in the USA.