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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, asthma 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, price 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, there 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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