How to Draw a Brown Recluse Spider
The brown recluse spider bite forms a necrotizing ulcer that destroys soft tissue and
may take months to heal, leaving deep scars. The bite usually becomes painful and itchy
within 2 to 8 hours. Pain and other local effects worsen 12 to 36 hours after the bite,
and the necrosis develops over the next few days. Over time, the wound may grow to as
large as 25 cm (10 inches). The damaged tissue becomes gangrenous and eventually sloughs away.
Brown recluse spiders frequently build their webs in woodpiles and sheds, closets, garages,
and other places that are dry and generally undisturbed. When dwelling in human residences
they seem to favor cardboard. They have been encountered in shoes, inside dressers, in bed
sheets, in clothes left lying on the floor, or inside gloves.
Most times, the bite wound heals on its own, but occasionally serious complications develop
requiring hospitalization. At the hospital antibiotics may be administered, and rarely
surgery may be required to remove the necrotic tissue and drain the wound. Outpatient care
following discharge may consists of an opioid like codeine or tramadol, and possibly an
anti-inflammatory agent like naproxen, cortisone.
Having fairly warned you about the consequences of toying with a brown recluse spider,
I can assure you that drawing one will not be painful at all. In fact you can easily draw
one in just nine easy steps.
1. Draw an oblong for the spider's body. Draw a square with rounded corners for the head.
2. Draw four curved lines extending away from the spider's body. Leave markers on the spider's
legs using circles and small lines for a later guide in drawing the details of the legs.