I sketched this beetle a while back and forgot to share it. If you look carefully the real beetle is sitting in the fold of my journal.
In Australia these beetles are called Christmas beetles because they appear in early summer. As children we loved them as they alway arrive just before Christmas. Even though they are scratchy to hold, I often kept a beetle or two in my pocket and held them in my hands hidden under my school desk, daydreaming about the summer come while the teacher droned on in the early summer heat.
Towards the end of summer and the end of summer holidays the beetles start to die. this always was very sad to me. I found this dead beetle one on my morning walk and took it home to draw. As you can see I needed a magnifier to draw it.
I sketched it using artist pitt pens, watercolour paint, and pencil on a page that I covered in clear gesso as the paper was very smooth. It is page from my hand bound journal
This is EDM drawing challenge number 326 which reads Draw something you can keep in your pocket. Here is the full EDM List