The African Black Mamba can move faster than I ever could, 12.5 miles per hour. If you get bitten by one and don't get anti-venom quickly, you WILL die. Sometimes within 20 minutes.
The reason I picked this particular snake is because I remember my parents' story about a woman in South Africa who invited them to stay in her home. The roof was thatched grass, and the woman knew she had a black mamba snake living in the roof. She was angry when a suggestion was made to get rid of the snake, because she liked that it kept the rodent population away from her house. I can't imagine trying to sleep there, and I also can't imagine these snakes slithering across the school yard as they do frequently in the village. There is a superstition in S. Africa that if you kill a snake, you must leave it 'belly up' or else it will come back to life. I think I could do better than belly up, I like knives and fire. Regardless, snakes make me shiver and I DO NOT want to sketch a snake. Why did I choose this challenge???
Ok, so I started to sketch a black mamba and then changed my mind. I just hate those things. Plus, my sketch was boring. I really dislike grasshoppers too, and they're a little more interesting sketch-wise. I think grasshoppers are mostly ok except for their clingy legs and that brown tobacco spit (that I tasted once when I was a kid on a dare. Bart Rice, do you remember that?)... Today will officially end the gross challenges. I can't take any more!
The challenge for tomorrow, January 16: Sketch in 15 minutes or less, something you ate today. I hope it wasn't a grasshopper.
Here is my ink painting for day 15 of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days Challenge. It's much nicer than mr. grasshopper.
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