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I Made These Chameleons Out Of Thousands Of Glass Beads
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I Made These Chameleons Out Of Thousands Of Glass Beads

I created this piece originally in college as part of my advanced drawing course. The assignment was to create a drawing made up of an object.

I chose chameleons as my subject to serve as a metaphor for the inner/outer self.

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Despite popular belief, chameleons change color according to mood/mental state. The chameleon on the below is a metaphor for the ideal. Its coloring and position represent a content and pleasant state.

The chameleon above is the opposite state. The two represent different facets of the self in flux, presented in a balancing-act sort of scenario.

Constructing the chameleons entirely out of tiny colored glass beads was a very tedious, meditative process that allowed for much introspection.

Each glass bead was individually selected and glued.

The result is an allegorical self-portrait for different facets of the self, created at a time when I was still discovering and developing myself.

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Bobbi Newell
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5 years ago

Your work is beautiful, and I can imagine the finished product hanging on someone's wall! It looks like very intricate bead embroidery. Did you work from a preliminary drawing, or did you have to "wing it?"

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5 years ago

Thanks so much :) I had a preliminary sketch I referenced so I could maintain the anatomy.

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Benny Lava
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5 years ago

This is great. Make some more please! I'd love to see an octopus.

susievoozie
Community Member
5 years ago

love it

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Bobbi Newell
Community Member
5 years ago

Your work is beautiful, and I can imagine the finished product hanging on someone's wall! It looks like very intricate bead embroidery. Did you work from a preliminary drawing, or did you have to "wing it?"

Community Member
5 years ago

Thanks so much :) I had a preliminary sketch I referenced so I could maintain the anatomy.

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Benny Lava
Community Member
5 years ago

This is great. Make some more please! I'd love to see an octopus.

susievoozie
Community Member
5 years ago

love it

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