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Rachel Barry
I like drawing organic themes because of my fondness for nature, so when I saw “Cicadas”, I was inspired. I thought I could illustrate a creature and the trees. I immediately thought of Oakwood Cemetery. I went there and took plenty of reference shots. The illustration is based on one of the photos taken there.

Cicadas have these brilliant wings with intricate patterns. Their wings are like stained glass. Some people think insects are gross, but I wanted to bring forth and idea of beauty. I love mythological stories, and nouveau, and Japanese printmaking. I tried to combine my sources of inspiration to create a soothing, ethereal mood. I love that living in Syracuse allows for moments of nature where you can sit and listen.

Buzzing up above
Cicadas in the treetops
Shower me with songs.

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