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#1 Offline GhostMouse - Posted April 6 2021 - 5:20 AM

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I thought it would be nice to have an art thread! 

 

I got into ants almost by accident. I was a longtime AntsCanada fan and kept other inverts, but didn't really think about keeping ants myself. I stumbled on a queen ant, and on a whim, caught her. I thought I could find out what species she was. I hated to think I'd accidentally found some ant that was desirable and hard to find in my area or something and some ant fan who'd been looking for ages didn't have one. I figured I'd find out about her and then either pass her on, or put her back outside. But then she was fascinating and pretty and whoops. 

 

So I did what anyone would do and made a comic about it:

 

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It would have been very special to have my very first queen's colony, but sadly, Leizu and her two babies died (thank you to the people here who helped me in my thread about that). I decided that I would have my first colony forever, and preserve them in a little momento mori piece. I used resin, some little dried flowers, and a tiny splash of glitter- it looks as though Leizu and her brood are falling through a shining cloud into the world beyond. Some wire and a small length of leather cord and now I have a lovely pendant.

 

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Share your ant art, I'd love to see it!


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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 6 2021 - 5:51 AM

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This is morbidly fascinating! I love it!

How did you keep the queen from floating up in the resin? That happened to me one time I tried to to encase a Hercules beetle.


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#3 Offline GhostMouse - Posted April 6 2021 - 6:14 AM

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This is morbidly fascinating! I love it!

How did you keep the queen from floating up in the resin? That happened to me one time I tried to to encase a Hercules beetle.

 

I definitely had to get creative. I wrapped the opening tightly in plastic wrap and kept flipping the piece upside down to be sure she was in a good position. Had to keep an eye and do it several times so she didn't just sink entirely to the bottom on her back, or immediately float back up to the top. I also used a toothpick to arrange things a bit and push some of the glitter down so it looked like they had fallen through. 

 

This isn't the first time I've put an invert into resin so I've learned a bit from trial and error! 



#4 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted April 6 2021 - 6:40 AM

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I knew someone would make a thread for this sooner or later. I was going to but I didn't have any art and didn't have the energy to make some.



#5 Offline Chickalo - Posted April 6 2021 - 7:49 AM

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Check out my DeviantArt, LarvitarAnimates, I got a Pheidole Pilifera queen up there, I also have a (bad) bee.  If there are any species requests I'll try to make it and I'll post it there


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#6 Offline GhostMouse - Posted April 6 2021 - 8:01 AM

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Check out my DeviantArt, LarvitarAnimates, I got a Pheidole Pilifera queen up there, I also have a (bad) bee.  If there are any species requests I'll try to make it and I'll post it there

 

Ah cool, I'm SeventhBard on all my art sites (hence the sig on the comic), I'll add you on dA!



#7 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted April 15 2021 - 2:15 PM

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Due to personal home circumstances/family emergency I had to put my book publishing on temporary hold (yeah that's why I pretty much fell silent here on FC and discord and Facebook), but here's artwork from book 2 of the Bugs of Arcadia series:

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Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus, vicinus, quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and previously californicus

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

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#8 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 15 2021 - 2:27 PM

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I hope things are getting better for you.
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#9 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted April 15 2021 - 2:35 PM

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I hope things are getting better for you.

 

I'm working on getting back into the groove of things gradually, though the circumstances are still ongoing. (For example I did manage to feed most of my ants recently.) Thanks ANTdrew!!!  :)


Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus, vicinus, quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and previously californicus

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#10 Offline GhostMouse - Posted May 3 2021 - 9:10 PM

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Due to personal home circumstances/family emergency I had to put my book publishing on temporary hold (yeah that's why I pretty much fell silent here on FC and discord and Facebook), but here's artwork from book 2 of the Bugs of Arcadia series:

 

Oh wow! Wonderful work, oh I bet your book is just great! I'm working on one too, though not with art like this. <3 Got you in my rainbow thoughts, here's to a published book and better days.

 

Is this art digital or traditional? The ant looks so curious, and I love the little isopod- "no way Jose!" I have an embarassing number of isopods, they're so cute. 


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#11 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 4 2021 - 4:09 AM

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I used to do ant drawings all of the time before my computer decided to stop functioning. I'll link my ArtStation here so you all can check some of it out. It's mostly Strumigenys. It's not great, but it's all okay. Apparently my art is good enough for Doug Booher to have me do the illustrations for his key which will probably be published later this year. Here's just a few of my pieces if you don't feel like going to a separate website right now:

 

Strumigenys godmani
Strumigenys deltisquama
Strumigenys ornata
Strumigenys cordovensis

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#12 Offline GhostMouse - Posted May 4 2021 - 10:18 AM

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I used to do ant drawings all of the time before my computer decided to stop functioning. I'll link my ArtStation here so you all can check some of it out. It's mostly Strumigenys. It's not great, but it's all okay. Apparently my art is good enough for Doug Booher to have me do the illustrations for his key which will probably be published later this year. 

 

 

Sounds like Doug Booher knows how to appreciate your art better than you do-- which makes you a true artist lol, we all have imposter syndrome. XD 

 

But seriously though the detail in these is wonderful. As you can tell from my little comic, I really only have much practice/skill at doing very cute, brightly colored, stylized and cartoony sorts of drawing. Doing any sort of accurately proportioned anatomical drawing impresses the heck out of me. That "looked more like this" image is maybe the most realistic ant I ever drew HA! I think these are great! 


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#13 Offline JoeByron - Posted Yesterday, 10:15 AM

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Entering the founding chamber

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#14 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted Yesterday, 12:02 PM

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Haha it’s a demon.
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#15 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted Today, 3:58 AM

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A couple of my drawings. They don't look all that good and most of the parts in the thorax and head are probably wrong but I tried!87183d194ef9b7613e300dd321d8519e.jpg5fb2bcf284bc070d3489f78ac6435622.jpg8f31be2b8cd26d948cf9d56ce349cd50.jpg740966e6cecf45807ce2487f5e9211ad.jpg

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I was here  :)
Ants I have kept:
Pheidole parvaOdontomachus simillimusNylanderia cf. krapeliniOdontoponera denticulataMesoponera rubraGnamptogenys sp. , Polyrachis sp. , Tetramorium lanuginosumTetraponera sp. , Tetraponera rufonigraCarebara sp.
 

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#16 Offline Chickalo - Posted Today, 4:15 AM

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Do you create shapes first?  I know it sounds really stupid, but most people skip over this step, and it really helps.  Also using guidelines to figure out the proportions and how surfaces bend makes it much easier.   (Btw, they look fine to me!  Great job)


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#17 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted Today, 4:20 AM

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Do you create shapes first? I know it sounds really stupid, but most people skip over this step, and it really helps. Also using guidelines to figure out the proportions and how surfaces bend makes it much easier. (Btw, they look fine to me! Great job)

Oh I don't actually. I just draw the basic parts of an ant and then slowly modify. And thanks!

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I was here  :)
Ants I have kept:
Pheidole parvaOdontomachus simillimusNylanderia cf. krapeliniOdontoponera denticulataMesoponera rubraGnamptogenys sp. , Polyrachis sp. , Tetramorium lanuginosumTetraponera sp. , Tetraponera rufonigraCarebara sp.
 

Ants I am currently keeping:

Pheidole parvaOdontomachus simillimus, Nylanderia cfkrapelini





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