The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

When is a worm not a worm?

Answer: When it's a scale insect, or a beetle, or a caterpillar, or a maggot. The word used here is tola'at, which can apparently refer to any of these things, and so far I've found references to it as various genera and species, but the thing I chose to draw is Porphyrophora hamelii, a kind of red scale insect that looks like a cross between a raspberry and a hand grenade. Scale insects are kind of like tree ticks: they fasten themselves to trees and suck the sap out of them. That is what this worm, which is not a worm, has done to Jonah's gourd, which is not a gourd. I would go on at greater length about this, and I would have drawn more than a single verse for today's installment, but I have to finish up an edit by tomorrow morning. And before I do that I have to make more coffee. But tell me, if you don't mind, what you think of the shading. Is it weird that Jonah and his dove are gray but the ground isn't? I didn't want to get carried away, you see.
Tags: stix, the book of jonah
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