"Author Hans Christian Anderson was born on this day in 1805. Make something inspired by a children's fable or fairy tale."
Bess beetles (Passalidae) actually form family colonies and care for their young. I was inspired by the prompt to depict storytime in one such driftwood family:
"Gather 'round little grubs and I will tell you the tale of Bess and the Beanstalk"
This is India ink on tan paper.
[April 3, 2016]