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A Toast to Light by MaryCapaldi A Toast to Light by MaryCapaldi
Illustration 8 of 8 from my series, "Bug People 2013." Ink and watercolor on cold press.

Original was on display at the Anthrocon Art Show in Pittsburgh, PA, July 4-7. NFS, but prints are available.

A comet moth and a luna moth toast to the light and each other.

Do not repost, edit, or otherwise use this image without written permission from me.
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:iconjoncausith:
Really beautiful colouring of the two moths! :aww: Maybe it's just me, but how you drew the wings make me think of them being more like their coats for gliding rather than wings like how most artists would portray humanoid moths, and that's a nice touch! I REALLY like your take on the moths.
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MaryCapaldi Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Part of how I draw the wings is inspired by the way real moths are - many will rest with their wings down or folded (unlike butterflies, which often hold their wings erect), so it seemed to be the logical position for limbs not in use, just like a human's arms hang down at their sides. Sometimes it also contributes to visual clarity in the characters' poses.

This won't be the last you see of the moths! There's a lot more planned...
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:iconjoncausith:
Oh yeah! That's right! I briefly remember seeing the tinier moths being able to fold their wings up to their back rather than having it erect like a butterfly.

Hooray! More moths in the future!
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MaryCapaldi Jul 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, and a lot of the larger ones will let them lie flat (which butterflies can do when eating but not usually when resting). Don't mind me, I'm a lepidoptera nerd. :dummy:
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:iconjoncausith:
Hehehe, not a problem. :XD: I love moths too, especially the tiny white ones!
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Jajamola88 Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So when moths gather around a lighbulb, really, they're all holding little glasses of wine!

Nice!
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MaryCapaldi Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Could be! :giggle:

Thank you!
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