Finished Draft of the Slug
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I've always been a big fan of slugs, apart from when they eat my home grown veg and plants, but I find them really fascinating. Best of all they make ideal subjects for photography, slow moving and curious! And always in abundance. I love that they come in so many different colours and that they have these weird eyes on stalks....like little aliens from another planet, secretly ruling our world!
I spotted this shiny black slug on an old rotting tree right by the lake, close to lots of boss and boggy land. So I took a lot of photos of it, ready to share with the children I support through my charity Oceans Project, who don't have access to education because of things like gender, poverty, war, or disability. A lot of these children live in deserts and really hot places where there are no slugs, so I decided to draw some of my favourite ones as part of a kind of minibeasts project.
At first I had no idea how to draw a slug. I've only ever drawn cartoon type ones on the blackboard and as children's colouring pages before, but never a slug...I mean, what is there to actually draw apart from a blob of gloopiness! But I'm so glad that I gave it a go with this one, as it turned out to be a very therapeutic process, especially drawing in all the tiny dots and stripes on the skin, and I'm pleased with how it turned out. Much better than I could have hoped for.
Originally I was going to draw in more of the background, but I'm a huge believer that sometimes less is more, and I didn't want the slug to get lost on the page. It took an age to get finished!!!
I really hope that you will enjoy colouring this one, and I'm anxiously awaiting your feedback on what you think of it as a colouring page for adults. As always, please can you download the file using the free link below, colour the page in, and then leave me your feedback and any photos you have, in the comments section below. What score would you give this page out of five - 1 being the worst page ever, 5 being the best score possible. Is there anything you liked, disliked, or would change? Should it be included in the Rydal Water colouring book? When it comes to turning the page into an augmented reality colouring page, what would you like the picture to do? See the slug open its eyes? Move along the ground? Something else? What kinds of colouring pages do you prefer - landscapes, insects, birds, weather? Do you prefer it when a page has some white space left, or is it better to have the full page drawn on, or perhaps a mixture of colouring pages to suit your mood?
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