snail1White Gelly Roll pen, Lexington grey fountain pen and water-brush,watercolour, A6 – 30 minutes

Heavy day-time rain drew the garden snails out, so I collected a few and sketched them as they moved across a table. For a creature that’s proverbially slow  (1 meter per hour) they move a lot, their heads and tentacles constantly twisting and feeling out the way, making them tricky to draw.

They’re unusual creatures; hermaphrodite, nocturnal, hibernating, have one lung, are edible, live about 2 years, and have been spread from Europe to most parts of the world. And I’ve never noticed before that the spiral of the shell is always on the right hand side of the snail’s body, not that they have any hands, just the one foot…

About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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2 Responses to Snails

  1. miatagrrl says:

    Beautiful sketches, Ed! I see these all over the sidewalk, especially on wet days, but I don’t have the courage to bring them in to sketch them! I guess I could chase them down the street with my sketchbook…

  2. Ed Mostly says:

    Thanks Tina, I’d like to see that! Maybe Steven Reddy could sketch you doing it… Ed

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