July 03, 2006

71: Wood(s)tick

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I wasn't set to do an Illustration Friday submission this week. The site's theme of sti
cky had me thinking of a couple of ideas, but I didn't follow up. Then – as it is often prone to do – inspiration came crawling across the floor and up my leg, this time in the form of a woodtick. Ticks can be sticky things (or stick-y, in a truer sense of the word), but fortunately this bloodsucker didn't get the opportunity. Instead, it earned a date with the department scanner at its highest power of magnification, and immortality not in the literal sense (that I made certain) – but rather as the centerpiece of this quick digital concoction. So bear with me in that no illustration ever took place to build this; instead, try to view it as a form of performance art – and a fast bit of summer fun.

Those less squeamish can click here for a closer look at a scanned wood tick. The rainbow effect on both images was a happy accident; but that's what you get when you don't stay still while being scanned at a bazillion DPI.

7 comments:

Factoryrat71 said...

FantasTICK idea!!! Ok the pun sucked...What a great idea and love how the whole process came about.

The Unknown said...

EEK! ICKY!
Great post though.
love

murphy girl said...

brilliant!

Amy said...

Ha, great take on the theme! Very nice wordplay. =)

mbc said...

Excellent solution for "sticky". Very unique. :-)

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Took me way longer than usual to "get" the pun. Hm. How big are they really? Glad you offed him AND co-opted his evil iridescence. Hmm. maybe he was a she... Terrific.

carla said...

You're a clever fellow! It seems that the stars were aligned right for you to come up with a really perfect, punny entry. It's kind of like a text message for the outdoors-person:> I have to admit that the closeup of the tick really grossed me out...we're in Lyme disease country here, so they freak me out when i find one in the house. Yuck!