Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Illustration Friday: Insect


Insects are beautiful things, but I'll forever be haunted by the earwig. A permanent fixture in campground shower stalls from coast to coast, not to mention many classy urban dwellings, the earwig has proven adaptable to the changing times. The leaf seen above is no more precious to the earwig than the drain in the bathtub.

I think the reason I'm so haunted by earwigs is because of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Almost everyone I've run into remembers the scene in this film where they put bugs in a person's ears. Terryfying!

Traumatized.
Didn't sleep for weeks.

And the smacker is that earwigs bear a striking resemblance to those things from Wrath of Khan (I dubbed them "Goochies" in my impressionable young mind). It doesn't help that the word "ear" is in earwig. In addition, those nasty pincer things mother nature gave earwigs don't endear me to them either.

In closing, I thought I would share with you my first sketch of an earwig. It was not quite as successful, although it does swivel its hips.

2 Comments:

Blogger Cindy said...

Nice earwig drawing! With all the hundreds of IF submissions, I don't think I've seen any other earwigs. They may look like nasty little buggers, but they do take good care of their babies, unlike many insects that just lay their eggs and leave the young to fend for themselves.

9:55 PM  
Blogger melanienyc said...

earwig- the ultimate creepy crawler...i also have nightmares about this guy--i am pretty sure i have a memory of one leaving multiple welts on my arm in college--they just move entirely too fast--after that i would just scream every time i saw one. great drawing, but i really hope i never see one again in my life.

7:36 AM  

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