cicadas

Once upon a time, the story goes, cicadas were human beings, before the birth of the Muses.  When the Muses were born and song came into being, some of these creatures were so struck by the pleasure of it that they sang and sang, forgot to eat and drink, and died before they knew it.  From them the race of cicadas arose, and they and they have this special privilege from the Muses: from the time they are born they need no nourishment, they just sing continually without eating or drinking until they die… (Sokratic Dialogues 259b-c)
—  Anne Carson, Eros the Bitter, (Dalkey Archive Press, 2000) pg. 139
The Signs As: Summery Things
  • ARIES: lightning bugs and cicadas
  • TAURUS: climbing trees
  • GEMINI: that first run into the freezing cold water
  • CANCER: the way the sun feels when it hits your face
  • LEO: when it's too hot to do anything so you sit inside with the A/C up and fans on
  • VIRGO: no school!
  • LIBRA: sweet tea and lemonade
  • SCORPIO: late nights and fireworks
  • SAGITTARIUS: amusement parks and state fairs
  • CAPRICORN: camping out and staring at the stars
  • AQUARIUS: how heavenly a cool breeze feels on your skin
  • PISCES: the refreshing tingle of aloe on sunburnt skin
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Ninjask & Nincada variations! 

Based on the colors of some real life cicadas. The Nincada are based more loosely on emerging cicadas of those species, since it was hard to find good pictures of the nymphs. There were more of these I would like to do, but this is good for now, haha. This time I went for a more ‘realistic’ look and stuck with one pose. ; P