SB Project: Sketches 12, 13, 14
With all the craziness of Illuxcon, and then my mom and step dad visiting for an early Thanksgiving, I haven’t had much time for sketching. Here are the products of the past few days…
Strangler figs are like something from a (really cool) nightmare, only much slower. They start out as a tiny root stretching down from the branch of a tree, where the seed was deposited. Once the root reaches the ground, it begins drawing nutrients from the soil. The strangler fig slowly grows larger, sending down more roots and sprouting new branches that all wrap around the host tree. After years and years, the host tree may be completely encased in the limbs of the strangler fig, and eventually die. The oldest strangler figs are hollow in the center – the space having been vacated by the long dead host tree as it rotted away.
Rafflesia is an endoparasite, meaning it grows inside the tissue of other plants. Only the huge, red, rancid-smelling flowers grow outside of the host plant.
Kangaroo joeys gestate for about a month, and are about the size of a lima bean at birth. With only their forelimbs developed enough for locomotion, they crawl into their mother’s pouch and latch onto a nipple. Depending on the species, they stay in the pouch 9 to 18 months.
Here’s a finished commission for Eulchen.