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Steampunk Skipper

From the journal of Lady Absentia Wrathbone:

August 11,

Have finally succeeded in sketching one of the clockwork insects present at this location. It appears at a distance to be a common skipper butterfly, but upon closer examination, it became apparent that there had been extensive technological modifications to the creature. Contrary to my initial expectations, the creature clearly possesses organic traits, and is not merely a clever mimic. Whether the technological additions were impressed upon the developing chrysalis, or were grafted upon an adult specimen is one of many mysteries that I hope to uncover in time.

While it is difficult to conceive of such tiny mechanisms, I am determined to keep an open mind as to the origins of such creatures. That idiot Farthington sent another missive to the Society's Proceedings claiming that these insects are the products of a race of miniature homonculi who are undergoing a very small Industrial Revolution, proceeded to speculate for two pages on society of said homonculi, including some clap-trap about their society being based on the Atlantean elder model. Fatuous moron. To believe in such a race without evidence is to believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden. For all we know, the insects are doing it themselves, and this is merely a more elaborate manifestation of the eusocial structure that leads to ant-hills and bee-hives. Cannot believe the Society continues to publish his letters. Can only hope that gout and general dissipation carry him off before he muddies the waters of this field of research any further.

Heat is beastly. Have chiggers in my knickers. Cannot get decent tea in this place--locals seem to feel that "tea" is a sticky mixture best suited to hummingbird food. Beginning to wish that I had stayed in England. However, if I am to publish a decisive monograph on the topic before Farthington--minus the homonculi--I must travel to where the insects are. I feel I am making progress. No discomfort is too great for science!


Macro photograph leads to macro art...or something like that. I was fascinated by all the tiny little bug bits on some of my photos, and cooked up this painting based on one of the photos, of a silver-spotted skipper butterfly with some significant additions.

Prints are available, in both regular and jumbo! If I sell twenty jumbo, I can afford a better macro lens! (Oh god, it's like heroin...) Order prints at: [link]

ETA: Welcome, Boing-Boingers! Nice to have you here!
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hannahelizabethh's avatar
So beatiful ))))
owieprone's avatar
Is this available as a print? it's lush.
Sophia-Christina's avatar
I have included this work in my June Bugs Feature:…
OneGoat's avatar
it's beautiful, very beautiful))
Nollit's avatar
Instant love :love:
Maybe I'm just missing something but... doesn't it have more legs on its right side than on its left side? :))
GildedGears's avatar
Just gorgeous! And the sepia tones to it are very effective. <3
Nioraj's avatar
OMG! It's amayzing!
MusicPony2's avatar
hey can I have permission to draw this is just so awsome
Sky-Hardclaws's avatar
This is awesome! I love your tecnique, it's soft and very neat.
mudddkipz's avatar
This is so cool! All the detail is great, and I love the warm browns, especially in the flowers.
GrammarshineHyena's avatar
Have you ever read Scott Westerfield's "Leviathan" series? This reminds me a lot of it. :nod:
gastave's avatar
this makes me happy. I would be okay with robots taking over the world if you designed them. (:
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lafeeesterelle's avatar
I love your creatures, they are phantastic!
glacier-blue's avatar
Really nice.

I was just out photographing some insects in a park. I didn't see any of these.
Groenew's avatar
this blows my mind - how long did this take?
DocFangirl1's avatar

Though I may be biased because I have a steampunk!Victor Van Dort muse. Somehow, I can't bring myself to care. :D Fantastic work -- the details are amazing! And I like the journal entry in the description too. :)
rainbowrobinson's avatar
WOW! Instantly impressed and overwhelmingly in awe!
THE-RAttie's avatar
awesome work. i love your detail.
Duzloo's avatar
Lovely and delicate work!
Very cool! the journal entry is just as much fun to read as the art is to see. Both are very well done with lovely details
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