leaf litter habitat close up

Here is the first of my spot illustrations for the puriri moth poster I’m working on. Its done in watercolour with coloured pencil on top, and is four times life size. In real life the eggs measure roughly 2mm in diameter, and change from white to purpley black a couple of days after being laid.

leaf litter close up, watercolour and coloured pencil, 2014
leaf litter close up, watercolour and coloured pencil, 2014

The leaf litter itself is based off puriri tree leaf litter, so you have puriri leaves, and a decomposing berry (plus a green berry stalk) in the image. I found the soil very hard to depict!

And with the eggs:

leaf litter with puriri moth eggs, watercolour and coloured pencil, 2014
leaf litter with puriri moth eggs, watercolour and coloured pencil, 2014

The eggs and the leaf litter study were done separately, so I still have a bit of work to do in photoshop on the composite image to make the eggs look more like they are “in” the image, rather than floating on top. Argh! Next time I will definitely be doing them as one.

In other news- this is the 50th post on this little blog! Thanks to all the people who are now following along! I’m hoping to develop my posts more to bring more tutorials and reviews in the coming months. Its been a learning curve this blogging thing, but a lot of fun, so thanks for your support so far.

Hope you are having a great start to the week.

emma

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2 thoughts on “leaf litter habitat close up”

  1. Very nice life cycle poster. In its final form you might like to consider modifying the leaf litter segment to emphasize that the larva is feeding on encrusting fungi growing on the underside of dead wood.

    Sincerely,

    John Grehan

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