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SB Project: Sketches 35 and 36

December 28, 2010

I’ve finished all the pages in my Sketchbook Project book! The total comes to 40, so I still have a bit of a backlog to post. Nick and I don’t really celebrate many holidays, so this time of year is usually pretty low-key for us compared to most people. Nonetheless, our routine has been different from usual and I haven’t been drawing or painting much the past week. Once New Years is over, I’m thinking about spending 30-60 minutes each morning doing some kind of sketch/study to limber myself up. I’m sure I’ll post those sketch here, but I was also thinking of Livestreaming them. It would probably be pretty early in the morning, so I don’t expect that many people would be awake/not at work to stop by, but it’s something I’m toying around with.

Anyway, on to the sketches!

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I’m a big fan of the various species of Writing Spiders. Quite a few of them lived in our garden when I was a kid, and I loved to hunt for them each morning to find where they had erected their beautiful web that day.

 

The human body louse exists everywhere people do, but usually only gets a foothold on people who do not have regular access to bathing facilities and clean clothing. They generally live in clothing, climbing down to the skin to feed on blood several times day. Adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed.

Interestingly, the term “nitpicking” came from the act of looking through a person’s hair for the tiny eggs (nits) of lice and removing them one by one.

 

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