As I think I mentioned in a previous post, when we were in France a couple of weeks ago we visited an Insectarium, and one of the creatures I didn’t realise they had there were geckos and lizards. I’ve never really thought too much about them in the past, particularly when looking for animals to draw- I’ve always gone with the more fluffy varieties, the sort you would probably call traditionally cute. But after 5 minutes or so of watching these little guys, I found myself hooked. I don’t know what it was exactly, whether it was the way they moved around, keeping an eye on me at all times, or their slightly ungainly interactions with each other, or just the details of their bodies up close…I just found myself wanting to learn more about them, to study them, to draw them. I was, I guess, inspired! The day we got back from the Insectarium I started sketching around some of these images, and I just loved exploring something different. There’s definitely a challenge to them, but at the same time it’s nice to be able to see a clear structure, and also not to have to draw fur! The final piece I worked on was a colour pencil sketch (again something I wouldn’t normally do) of the gecko at the top, and I’ll be posting it as soon as it’s finished.
Not so long ago I finally laid my hands on something I’ve been longing for for a very long time (pretty much since I really started getting into photography)…and that’s a 100mm macro lens. We’ve been together for around 2 months now and wherever I go with my camera this lens lens has become my inseparable buddy. Mostly because it just opens up a whole new world.
My trip to France was the first chance I’ve really had to test it properly and on quite a few occasions I was so relieved I had it with me. Particularly on the days when I didn’t think I’d be needing it, but packed it just in case, because more often than not, it was on these days that I’d suddenly spot something moving in a flower or on the grass. And where ordinarily I might have had a quick look and taken a couple of shots with my ordinary lens I’d probably have moved on quite quickly.
Now I realise these little guys aren’t the prettiest up close, but being able to see them in this kind of detail gave me a whole new perspective and a tiny glimpse into their world which, yep, you’ve guessed it (especially if you’ve seen my other posts), gave me a whole new inspiration. (Either that of I’ve just watched far too much Disney and will anthropomorphise anything I can!)