Rhinoceros Beetle

2017
Anni Moilanen
Pencils on A4 Paper
21 x 30 cm

The Rhinoceros Beetle (Xylotrupes gideon) measures between 4-6 cm, and can be found in Southeast Asia, south to Australia, and east to the Solomon Islands. The obvious resemblance to a rhino is what caught Anni’s eye, finding it interesting how animals from different groups of life can resemble each other that much. This beetle has been claimed to be the strongest animal on Earth, reportedly able to carry loads over 850 times their own body mass, which puzzles scientists who consider its metabolism and biomechanics.

The color pencils used for this work are Caran d’ Ache Luminance 6901 (which retain coloration well) and the paper is acid-free, 180g Canson.

80 eu

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