EJ is an artist and illustrator currently living in Seattle, Washington. Educated in visual art at Oberlin College, they look forward to using scientific illustration to inspire wonder and curiosity about nature, and to raise awareness of the necessity of conservation. Their favorite subjects are insects and bones.
Dune chafer beetle
Graphite on Bristol board and colored pencil on drafting film
11" x 14" (each)
This beetle is the closest and most detailed work I’ve done all year, as well as one of my most thoroughly researched subjects. My specimen was unlabeled, and it took many field guides and a lot of research to identify it. In the illustration, it is represented at about 1,000% of its actual size.
The use of a microscope was indispensable to understanding and capturing the way the exo-skeleton reflects and refracts light.
Obsessed with the miraculous mundane.