Brenda Lee vs. The Giant Wasp

Posted: June 15th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: art, drawing | 3 Comments »

I was sitting on the deck the other day and saw a wasp get caught in a spider web – it was awesome! Unfortunately, it got away. But it reminded me that the only thing country singers hate more than vampires is wasps.

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I had to look for pictures of wasps for reference. And then I was terrified. For example, did you know that if you do a google image search on “wasp attack” you get a bunch of pictures of people’s swollen faces etc? Because they got stung by wasps? (They’re worse than vampires, you know.) Also, giant wasps. And parasitic wasps*. The more you learn about them the more horrific they become.

I’m delighted with the wasp, but less pleased with poor Brenda. I think I went back into Jack Chick territory again with her. I’ve done some better drawings of her, but I’m too lazy to scan them right now. I gave my Brenda her mature hairstyle because it’s recognizable (at least to the 8 drag queens who are devoted to her style) and because it’s awesome. Did you know that she’s only 4’9″? So that’s practically life size! And, because, once again, I didn’t totally plan the drawing (to be honest, I think I was afraid of the wasp research and I’m not kidding) I did a lot of sketching and erasing, which made even my durable bristol board give out. A lot of my ink bled and there was a ton of pencil smudging I photoshopped out. And speaking of photoshop, I also photoshopped a total Drawing 1 perspective mistake that I can’t believe I made**. I am going to tell myself it was because I had to keep taking my glasses off to do close work, so I didn’t get the overall picture. Because I would totally not get so enchanted with actually putting a pen on the paper that I forgot what the point of the drawing was, right?

As per tradition, here’s a Brenda Lee song – many of her hits were xmas songs, which, as you know, I am boycotting for the rest of my life. “I’m Sorry” is apparently her signature hit, but if you’re interested you should totally check out her rock and roll songs – she had a great rockabilly delivery on par with Wanda Jackson. But in an even tinier package. And with progressively awesomer hair.

* Charles Darwin said, “I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae [that's a parasitic wasp] with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars.” CHARLES DARWIN THOUGHT PARASITIC WASPS WERE AN ABOMINATION!!! That’s pretty much all the affirmation this secular humanist needs…

** um, actually, more than one. I just fixed the most egregious error, so if you’re noting the other ones, just count your blessings.


3 Comments on “Brenda Lee vs. The Giant Wasp”

  1. 1 Rachael said at 1:56 am on June 15th, 2010:

    I love this one. Although at first I thought she was hitting it with a broom, and I liked that, too. I suppose stabbing it is better, though.

  2. 2 admin said at 2:02 am on June 15th, 2010:

    I considered having her blow it up with dynamite, because her nickname was Little Miss Dynamite, and because the most violent, gruesome way you can get rid of a wasp is also the best way. Lao Tzu said that in The Art of War, I’m pretty sure.

  3. 3 AJ Larrieu said at 10:29 pm on June 28th, 2010:

    I’ll take vampires over wasps any day. Especially *that* wasp. (Fear must be highly artistically inspiring, because that is one terrifyingly realistic wasp.)

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