Five-Horned Rhinoceros Beetle – ink

After looking at a rhinoceros beetle last week I really wanted to make a more detailed drawing of one. I chose the Five-horned Rhinoceros Beetle (Eupatorus gracilicornis).

I started as I always do with a drawing, just sketching out the big shapes. Then I began to add some details to my sketch. Here is the complete pencil drawing…

Next I put in a thin ink outline…

As they say in Star Wars…

“Here’s where the fun begins!”

Anakin, Battle of Coruscant, “Revenge of the Sith” film

My next job was all of the actual ink rendering which I really really like doing. I find it really helps with stress. Here’s how I started the head with the full black sections…

Next I had to try to work out exactly how I wanted to render the head of the animal. I thought first of using hatched lines, but I really wasn’t sure and have been caught out with this before when I’ve used them and not liked the result. So I photocopied my drawing and tried out two different ways of doing it. Here they are side by side…

I definitiely preferred the stippled effect, so I went ahead with that. (While I was at it I also sketched out some ideas for drawing various textures on other parts of the beetle. Most of these were OK and I went ahead with them in the actual drawing.

So here is the final beetle…

4 thoughts on “Five-Horned Rhinoceros Beetle – ink

  1. I agree on the stippled effect. Before I read which one you chose I was already looking at the two of them and picked the β€œright” one. 😁

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