Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Bob the bug by Heliocyan Bob the bug by Heliocyan
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 :)
Add a Comment:
 
:iconcreativevision300:
creativevision300 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning Details.
Reply
:icononyana:
Onyana Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful! The Family is Scarabifidae - the scarab beetles.
Reply
:iconsxsvexen:
sxsvexen Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Amazing! You're such a great artist!!!!
Reply
:iconwoodswallow:
Woodswallow Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! You managed to get that metalic shine, so cool :clap:
Reply
:iconblaq-finiks:
BLAQ-Finiks Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I watched Microcosmos - lovely~
I love insects too :D
Reply
:iconkarliosi:
karliosi Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
magnificent.
Reply
:iconjac888:
Jac888 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I too like the shine on Bob's back .. nice job :)
Reply
:icontigerdragon1001:
TigerDragon1001 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, just amazing. I am officially in love with your art. :D How do you make the beetle look so shiny?
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   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
Reply
:icontigerdragon1001:
TigerDragon1001 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!^^ Shiny things do look fun to paint, maybe I'll try someday. :) Very good photo reference.. okay thanks!
Reply
:iconjessicassketchbook:
jessicassketchbook Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I love the gradient on the leaf and of course all the wonderfully realistic detail.
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
Reply
:iconstarlightt1234:
starlightt1234 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
wow, when i first looked at it, i thought it was photography. :D
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
Reply
:iconstarlightt1234:
starlightt1234 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
your welcome :)
Reply
:iconzoetaylorarts:
ZoeTaylorArts Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic!!
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
Reply
:iconartgoldart:
ArtGoldArt Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Reply
:iconfauxhead:
FauxHead Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love beetles too :) this is awesome!
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! :)
Reply
:iconwatermeloncoconut:
watermeloncoconut Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
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..
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment! You are too kind. :)
Reply
:icontheaverageperson:
TheAveragePerson Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student General Artist
beautiful. the colours are so nicely shaded.
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
Reply
:iconryanutopiatattoo:
Ryanutopiatattoo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Artist
absolutely awesome!
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
Reply
:icon0salishan:
0salishan Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Fantastic drawing and very realstic.
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
Reply
:icongryffgirl:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Beautiful work! It looks like a little jewel! :heart:
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:
Reply
:iconrose-ey:
Rose-ey Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a clean fine work !
Reply
:icondominique-merot:
dominique-merot Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Really a beautiful work.
Reply
:iconbracketting94:
bracketting94 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
beautiful work , i would have tried to make the background in watercolour for more transparency , have you ever tried acrylic/ watercolour mix ?
Reply
:iconfleebites:
fleebites Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh the colours . . . There is a brightness and vibrancy to this which make it not only beautiful, but delightful . . . And my girlfriend loved it, too. She adores beetles. They are such droll little creatures, and I'm finding them increasingly endearing, myself.

How nice of Bob to pay you a visit, and to serve as the impoetus for such a pretty, colourful piece. The creators of Microcosmos would fall all over themselves, I daresay!
Reply
:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Great color and sheen.
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
Reply
:iconmuneelove:
muneelove Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My god wooooooooow
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 21, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you :heart:
Reply
:iconhermafrodyta:
Hermafrodyta Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Great work! Shocking precision and juicy colors make that I can not take my eyes.
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
Reply
:iconnefermiw:
nefermiw Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
OMG, Bob is so beautiful! *.* I love him :)
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you!! :hug: Yes, Bob looked amazing, so shiny, I just had to paint him!!
Reply
:iconooblacksheepoo:
oOBlackSheepOo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
wow it is awesome! fav *w*
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
Reply
:iconjasinski:
jasinski Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
wow. amazing detail. I can tell there is a lot of time devoted to this piece.
Reply
:iconacacia13:
Acacia13 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
forever my favourite
Reply
:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!! :hug: :heart:
Reply
:iconacacia13:
Acacia13 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
You are welcome!
Reply
:icondanuk86:
danUK86 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010   General Artist
great work, awesome detail :)
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×
  • Photo
  • Art Gifts




Details

Submitted on
February 11, 2010
Image Size
1.7 MB
Resolution
1133×1137
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
8,741
Favourites
547 (who?)
Comments
195

Camera Data

Make
Epson
Model
PerfectionV700