by Hannah Andresen
If you watch a snail it might look almost static as it is an immensely slow moving animal. For that reason I would like to capture what we usually do not see at first glance. The slow
As a process I chose understanding the creature by analyzing and drawing. There are many species of snails which are actually much more different as we might think. This is why I specialized on the Roman snail.
A full–grown Roman snail can be up to 10 cm long, the shells’s calibre is between 3-5 cm and it weighs usually about 30 grams. Watching closer the snails movement is pretty interesting.
A snail moves up to 7 cm/minute. That means it can make 4.2 m/hour and 1.16mm/second. The Roman snail is uses a crawling motion. Lifting its tail and putting it back on the ground a bit further makes the snail moving a tiny little bit forward. As this is done continuously this movement creates shifting wavelike forms.
Watching a snail from below you will see dark and light areas moving like a wave.
The rippled motion in the picture above is a simplified illustration of that. Dark and light sections show where the snail is touching the ground.
The following image is a large detail. It is rasterized. The denser and darker the dots get the more the snail is touching the ground.
I illustrated the movement of the snail in 4 pictures using the rasterization as a visual element to show how much the snail is touching the ground.
The flow always starts on the tail (as you can see below) moving forward to the front.