Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Latest Dangerous Doodle - 'Shell Treasures'.

There is so much inspiration in the natural world around us, the possibilities are endless.  I love stopping to look at all the small details in natural objects.  Children also remind you that you should take the time to look at these things and appreciate them.  I have three small children, they are aged 5, 3 and 6 months, and they never get tired of talking about things like how a snail is different to a snake, and how all the animals have their own special abilities.  Just today I found myself explaining to my 3 year old son how a snail can stick really well to objects and has these wonderful things called antennae sticking out of its head, whereas a snake is shiny and has scales and can hurt you.  We then spent some time watching some great videos on YouTube about snails and snakes and discussing the difference.

On that note, here is the latest 'Dangerous Doodle' Tutorial, which celebrates another natural object, the sea shell. Not just exquisitely beautiful, but totally practical as well...and when the original animal has finished with it, it becomes a home for someone else who needs it.  How's that for recycling!

Isn't is amazing how natural objects are designed perfectly to fit in nicely within our environment, whereas it is usually the objects designed by humans (usually the ones that we think are so clever) that tend to cause so many problems. If only we could learn to appreciate the world that has been provided for us and not try to change or 'improve' it, perhaps we would be a lot happier.  Anyway, that is my deep thought for the let's draw!

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Have fun!

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