Camouflaged to stay safe, this dragonfly is still very beautiful. The artist focused on the earth tones and reflective colors often seen in dragonflies, with a mix of bright and subdued color. You will see the delicate nature in the upper wing because the artist drew in the vein structure underneath the dominant overtone colors. The artist uses capiz shell to represent the translucent nature of the wing. In the lower wing the artist shaped the tin frame to the vein structure to demonstrate the hardy nature of this dragonfly, again under the overtone of the dominant brown colors.
The basic frame of the insect is created using tin, which is powder coated with a black finish. The frame is reinforced using tin wire along the inner edge. Capiz is an oyster shell and the primary purpose of the oyster is as a source of food. However, the by-product, the shell, can be used for decoration. Due to it being a natural material, the natural colors of the capiz come through as tans and browns underneath the paint. The shell is then painted the bold colors you see. The entire front facing piece is carefully hand-painted keeping in mind the reflective qualities in the color of insects.