There are many artists out there searching for an audience on the internet. It is no doubt magical to see how one’s hardwork and creativity can reach the computer screens of people thousands of miles away. Today, we’d like to spotlight one such artist who is quite a unique member of the online community — in fact — he’s a different species entirely. Meet Spike the Beetle.
Spike the Stag Beetle
Earlier this week, Japanese Twitter user @itmemandy decided to let Spike experiment with a new hobby. She handed Spike a set of markers and set him down atop some scrap paper. It didn’t take long for the creative juices to flow and with each new piece it was clear: Spike was a natural born artist.
In videos of Spike in action, we see that his technique is to clutch his art markers confidently between his pincers and twirl in dervish-like circles. As the marker skitters lightly across the page, one minimalist masterpiece after another is produced. However, this bears the question, is Spike’s art strong enough to attract paying customers? The answer is yes.
Spike’s Success and Charitable Work
Seeing an opportunity to help Spike’s career progress, and help other members of the animal kingdom, his caretaker Mandy has set up an ebay auction for his artwork. Mandy reports that 15% of the proceeds will go to the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) to help preserve stag beetle natural habitats. It’s likely that the auction will be a strong success as the listing already shows 41 bids and 9 days remaining.
What’s Next for Spike?
It seems that this creative critter is very fond of his newfound talent and continues to grow his following. He already has 16,000 adoring fans on Twitter (as well as 2,000 on Instagram) that are sending him fanart. Auctions of his work will still continue, and beetle mom Mandy mentions that pieces that won’t break the bank are also on the way. Spike’s meteoric rise certainly proves a famous PIXAR quote: “Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.”