Natasha Durley
Kaleido Bugs

Design Product & Packaging

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
I was originally asked to create a kaleidoscopic illustration featuring beetles and bugs for a Mudpuppy jigsaw puzzle. I decided to include real species to celebrate the rich and beautiful insect world around us. Apart from a small group of true-bug species, these are all real-life beetles; 66 species in total!

How was the illustration used:
Mudpuppy used the illustration to make a 500 piece family puzzle, also included on the box packaging. I later adapted it into a stunning fine art print available in both 50x50 and 90x90cm sizes.

How did you make this work:
I started by collecting ref images of beetles and arranging them in a kaleidoscopic pattern in Photoshop, keeping the scale correct relative to each other. Once happy, I drew the basic block shapes with the pen tool, adding a starting colour palette. I finally added the texture and detail using my extensive library of scanned in mixed-media marks and photographic textures.

Commissioner Name :
Emily Kleinman
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Ary University Bournemouth
BA (Hons) Illustration
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Currently Based:
United Kingdom

Natasha is an illustrator based near Bournemouth in the UK who creates vibrant and playful images inspired by her favourite subject, the natural world. Her work has been commissioned for a wide range of applications; murals, homeware, stationery, apparel, toys and even gaming apps.