Candice Broersma

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Candice grew up in the quaint city of Yu­caipa, Cal­i­for­nia. As an un­der­grad­u­ate at the Univer­sity of Red­lands, she pur­sued her love of both mu­sic and art by “paint­ing by day and sav­ing the world per­form­ing clar­inet by night!” she jests. Candice’s ex­pe­ri­ence in the two fields gar­nered her first paid work: her ear­li­est com­mis­sions were from col­leagues and in­volved trans­lat­ing mu­si­cal mo­tifs and nar­ra­tives into a visual for­mat for their recital posters.

Ea­ger to delve fur­ther into the com­mer­cial arts, Candice de­cided to pur­sue il­lus­tra­tion and con­se­quently en­rolled in the Il­lus­tra­tion Masters pro­gram at the Sa­van­nah Col­lege of Art and De­sign. Since grad­u­at­ing, Candice has re­turned to Cal­i­for­nia to be­gin her ca­reer as a free­lance il­lus­tra­tor and ed­u­ca­tor. Her sub­jects are of­ten un­usual char­ac­ters, odd arthro­pods, and clas­sic mytholo­gies with a twist.

1 Mon­o­cle Man­tis “This chap is the most dap­per ‘Gentle­bug’. The struc­ture of his face is based on that of a pray­ing man­tis, with his sleeves mim­ick­ing its long front legs. I en­joyed the piece so much that I de­cided to add to his com­pany. The se­ries sat­is­fies my en­thu­si­asm for Vic­to­rian fash­ion and my in­ner en­to­mol­o­gist.”

2 Be­neath the Tum­tum Tree “The Jab­ber­wock has tra­di­tion­ally been de­picted as a hu­mor­ous buck-toothed dragon. Want­ing to re-en­vi­sion the crea­ture while stay­ing true to Lewis Carroll’s de­scrip­tion, I fo­cused on its ‘jaws that bite’ and ‘claws that catch’. ”

3 Madam Mo th “This fig­ure en­cap­su­lates the el­e­gant fluffi­ness of her in­sect coun­ter­part. I looked at Vic­to­rian fash­ion plates of tour­ing hats to note the ma­te­ri­als and ar­range­ment of el­e­ments. Os­trich feath­ers com­ple­ment her feath­ery an­ten­nae while clus­ters of silk rib­bon and white el­e­ments make ref­er­ence to the silk pro­duced by Bom­byx mori.”

4 Pinstripe Spid er “I imag­ine Pinstripe Spi­der as a clever sales­man with an ex­ten­sive ‘web’ of con­tacts. He sports a mous­tache in­spired by a jump­ing spi­der’s prickly pedi­palps and mut­ton chops to match. With Pinstripe and my other pro­file-view por­traits, I sculpted mod­els to help ex­plore the per­fect bal­ance of hu­man and bug anatomy.”

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