I took a month off of client work to travel around Australia, exploring the wildlife and "unplugging" fully. As an illustrator, my work relies heavily on real-life interactions with plants and animals and I wanted to allow myself the opportunity to create new artwork only when inspiration struck (if it struck at all!) without the pressure of deadlines or the formality of creative briefs.
I visited two Biologist friends on the Western coast and spent most of my time in the ocean, enamored by coral and fish. I swam with wild dolphins, watched sea turtle hatchlings make their way to the water and collected urchin shells, but I was most visually entranced by my friends' collection of animal specimens they had collected over the years: bugs and skulls and feathers from creatures I had never seen in real life.
This moth - a Hercules moth - is a massive specimen. They are known as the largest moth in the world. This moth is on the smaller side, with a wingspan reaching about 10" wide, and I loved having the opportunity to get up-close with him.
See the final artwork below, along with a snippet of live drawing, illustration steps and technical specs:
Illustrated in the Procreate app using the symmetry tool
Canvas size: 3600 x 3600px
Coscinocera hercules, the Hercules moth, is a moth of the family Saturniidae,
endemic to New Guinea and northern Australia.