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The Champion Moth is actually a butterfly. It’s a common misconception even among lepidopterists who can often be found lepidopting away in ignorance of this very pertinent fact.

I started with the idea of opaque butterfly wings. Then I saw a pattern emerging in my work, a bad thing. And I should where it’s convenient always take things one step further with every project, so I had a vacancy for something new. It was then a case of figuring out what is the opposite of what one would expect.

I was reading about how sparkplugs work and it was interesting stuff. Why they are the shape they are etc. Very interesting to me anyway. And butterflies could be shaped like sparkplugs with wings, that was credible enough for me.

Then there was some minor photoshopping just to bring out the colours that were in the scan already. I don’t know how they get in there but I’m happy enough to use them because they’re an analog effect.

I’d like to thank my always-obliging hacksaw blade who did a fantastic job teaming up with a piece of string to make a curved ruler sort of thing.

When I was coming to the end of the drawing phase I was reminded of one of my favourite quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams:
It was a large mattress, and probably one of quite high quality. Very few things actually get manufactured these days, because in an infinitely large Universe such as, for instance, the one in which we live, most things one could possibly imagine, and a lot of things one would rather not, grow somewhere. A forest was discovered recently in which most of the trees grew ratchet screwdrivers as fruit. The life cycle of ratchet screwdriver fruit it quite interesting. Once picked it needs a dark dusty drawer in which it can lie undisturbed for years. Then one night it suddenly hatches, discards its outer skin which crumbles into dust, and emerges as a totally unidentifiable little metal object with flanges at both ends and a sort of ridge and a sort of hole for a screw. This, when found, will get thrown away. No one knows what it is supposed to gain from this. Nature, in her infinite wisdom, is presumably working on it.
No one really knows what mattresses are meant to gain from their lives either. They are large, friendly, pocket-sprung creatures which live quiet private lives in the marshes of Squornshellous Zeta. Many of them get caught, slaughtered, dried out, shipped out and slept on. None of them seem to mind and all of them are called Zem.

Bearpaw (a very nice person) wrote this incredible bit about it.
The moth/butterfly represents evolving, the spark plug represents not letting the spark within die, the flower represents a persons’ sense of fragility/purity.
Thanks Bearpaw.

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  • S.I. Sheehan
    S.I. Sheehanover 6 years ago

    Love your writing, Simon….. The image is stunning, brilliantly conceived….. ~S

  • Thanks. I just wanted to do something different.

    – theyellowfury

  • deliriousgirl
    deliriousgirlover 6 years ago

    JFC! This is just totally stunning!!! And ya know I just love that story of the works story, it’s just the best!!!

  • Thanks Jen. It was a pain at the start but like most of them at some point there’s just darkening left to do. The back of it is broken and I can have a bit of fun. Then comes the final scrutineering and its off up to the internet.

    – theyellowfury

  • bearpaw
    bearpawover 6 years ago

    very imaginative unique and brilliantly done. Love it, your description & the quote from the Hitchhikers’ guide to the galaxy. you’re awesome.

  • Thank you very much. I hope you enjoy yourself here on RB.

    – theyellowfury

  • Mishaal  Sardar
    Mishaal Sardarover 6 years ago

    Awesome work Theyellowfury!
    its imaginative
    very unique
    well done!

  • Thanks Mishaal. Unique’s always a good idea.

    – theyellowfury

  • margpie
    margpieover 6 years ago

    S, you are so good at these design’s a bit of a closet surrealist arnt you, love the idea and the design of this, I was sketching the other day, spent ages on it, and ruined it when it came to the inking part, I might see if the computer can do a bit of a better job with the darkening part, as you get such a good result, as usual another inspirational piece :)

  • Surrealism? I wouldn’t be part of any movement that’d have me.

    – theyellowfury

  • JenniferB
    JenniferBover 6 years ago

    Only a madman or a genius could make a connection between sparkplugs and butterflies… I’m not sure which, but they say that the line is a fine one… An incredibly creative work of Art. ;)
    psst… we wont even mention the other thing…!!! :-O

  • It is no I who am mad.

    It is I who am insane.

    – theyellowfury

  • RebeccaT
    RebeccaTover 6 years ago

    The wings are truly amazing! – wish I had that kind of patience with a pencil. Gotta get myself one of those hacksaws…they seem to come in handy quite a bit :)

  • Thanks Rebecca. Cds are a lifesaver too.

    – theyellowfury

  • GittiArt
    GittiArtover 6 years ago

    Unique and amazing work …bravo !!!

  • Thank you.

    – theyellowfury

  • sibergoth
    sibergothover 6 years ago

    i had one of these yokes in my garden the other day, sniffing the petrol tree!
    had to swat it…. could have been explosive!

    epic stuff Si as usual :)
    some wee marks down on the left side there…

    your clearly wasted as a hose pipe inspector at your day job!!

  • Good man yourself. Are you putting any photos up?
    I’ll wee mark you.

    – theyellowfury

  • sibergoth
    sibergothover 6 years ago

    no my photos all stink .. i need to make new uns first… :(

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