Bob the bug
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I love beetles! They come in so many different colour varieties and shapes, and some of them look like little gemstones. They are really fun to paint and if they have a metallic look like this one it's quite a challenge to get the reflections right.

I found this little guy in our garden last summer, it was tiny, only about 8mm long, but it was so shiny and sparkly, as if it was made out of a polished metal... I took a photo of it to paint it at some point, so here it is.

I had no idea what species it was so I called it "Bob" ;) I now found out that it is from the "rosemary beetles" family.... apparently they are a pest, but who decides that anyway?

Took me 5 days, done in acrylic on 300g paper, 40cm x 40cm (16inch x 16inch)

*does anyone of you know the French documentary movie "Microcosmos: Le peuple de l'herbe", it came out 1996? If you are interested in insects, watch it!!! Abolutely stunning pictures :)
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creativevision300's avatar
creativevision300|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning Details.
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Onyana|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful! The Family is Scarabifidae - the scarab beetles.
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sxsvexen's avatar
Amazing! You're such a great artist!!!!
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Woodswallow|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! You managed to get that metalic shine, so cool :clap:
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BLAQ-Finiks|Hobbyist General Artist
I watched Microcosmos - lovely~
I love insects too :D
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karliosi|Hobbyist Photographer
magnificent.
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Jac888|Hobbyist General Artist
I too like the shine on Bob's back .. nice job :)
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TigerDragon1001|Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, just amazing. I am officially in love with your art. :D How do you make the beetle look so shiny?
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Heliocyan| Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :) Oh, I love drawing shiny things, it is a wonderful challenge!! It doesn't always work out, but when it does, it is very rewarding. You need a very good photo reference though, so you can see what you have to do. :D
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TigerDragon1001|Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!^^ Shiny things do look fun to paint, maybe I'll try someday. :) Very good photo reference.. okay thanks!
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jessicassketchbook|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I love the gradient on the leaf and of course all the wonderfully realistic detail.
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Heliocyan| Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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wow, when i first looked at it, i thought it was photography. :D
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Heliocyan| Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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your welcome :)
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ZoeTaylorArts|Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic!!
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Heliocyan| Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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ArtGoldArt|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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Heliocyan| Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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FauxHead|Hobbyist Photographer
I love beetles too :) this is awesome!
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Heliocyan| Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! :)
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This is my favorite painting that I have seen so far on deviant art. I love the colors, and it looks so real I can almost touch it. This has simply left me wordless..
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Heliocyan| Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment! You are too kind. :)
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TheAveragePerson|Student General Artist
beautiful. the colours are so nicely shaded.
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