When winter comes - Jorinde Loewenprinz
When winter comes
Specie or element:
The drawing shows the silken cocoon of an antheraea polyphemus, better known as polyphemus moth.
This species overwinters as a pupa in a long spindle-shaped cocoon, which is cemented to a tree branch or twig of the host plant. These cocoons are made to look like leaves by themselves, because they should keep the caterpillars safely disguised so that predators are unable to find and eat them.
The drawing shows the typical oval shape of the cocoon and the naturalistic texture. First, the appearance of the scene seems to be unspectacular, but the particular minimalist way of drawing works out, that something wonderful is happening inside the silken cocoon.
Drawing (Pencils 2B to 8B and Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils Cold Grey I-V)