Life-size scale illustrations have a visceral power and accessibility - the ruler is a sound touch to remind us of this. Maybe bringing in a domestic or schoolroom tool such as a ruler, these 'escaped' insects seem even scarier - the object that you are comparing it to can bring an emotional meaning as well as a quantitative scale - it's why lazy journalism that compares everything with buses or elephants seems glib - people don't just compare the scale - they look for an association between the meaning of compared objects
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And then I realized I had been stock piling little things of pink. I keep going for pinks and corals and coppers and blushes and salmons and terracottas–none of them perfectly match each other but they seem to like each other and get along really well together. The tiny chandelier shades I found thrifting, a pink ceramic vase, a pink owl. I’d even been using more pink in my graphics here at Nesting Place The writing was on the wall, this mom of boys is craving some pink/blush/copper/warm/coral/peach/whateveryouwantocallit. I didn’t even plan it, it just happened.