My first new illustration for holiday cards this year is a mink in falling snow. I've drawn him near water with little cottages. I've liked weasels and their kin since I was a little kid and always have fun drawing them! Last year I drew a Pine Marten, and the year before a white Weasel so I'm building up a little collection of mustelid (weasel family) drawings.
A swimming river otter sketch, today's drawing for Inktober - an ink drawing everyday for this month of October. I'm already in Winter mode, so he got some snow and icicles.
You can follow along with my daily ink drawing this month on my instagram:
Here's a little post on salamanders. Just because i love them, love finding them out in nature, and love drawing them. Below, a little watercolor of a Northern Red Salamander. Painted life-size.
Northern Red Salamander Watercolor Print
A fun little print, 3x4.5" in a 5x7" mat
Above, salamnder hunting. I found this one in a creek nearby my house. I believe it's a Northern Two-Lined Salamander.
Below, a fun little chart of some different salamanders found in North America. An 8x10 illustration.
You can find prints of it here: Salamander Illustration Chart
My newest animal illustration, a Keel-billed Toucan. This guy's been in the back of my mind for a year or so and I was finally in the mood to paint something different and colorful.
I drew this Toucan up in the tree canopy of a rainforest, where they spend most of their time. Not especially good flyers, they prefer to hop along branches - and will follow each other in a line from tree to tree. They are quite animated birds that spend their time in groups, sparring with their bills and tossing fruit to themselves and each other!
Some new sketches and ideas for upcoming animal illustrations.
Just added these large 16x20" whale prints to the shop! Printed on nice heavyweight paper with a matte surface. This is my largest print yet, and I think they look great at this size. I'm excited they turned out well because I'll be planning to add more to the shop.
You can find them here: 16x20 whale illustration print
Here's my newest illustration. My take on the classic whale poster, in my simplified illustration style. A selection of different whales and a few small cetaceans thrown in for fun, labeled with handwritten common names.
11 x 14" Watercolor and ink drawing
Below is a shot of the 11x14" print now up in my Etsy shop.
Pictured are the fin whale, narwhal, killer whale, humpback whale, bottlenose dolphin, bowhead whale, beluga whale, minke whale, blue whale, gray whale, and right whale. I think it would be a fun addition to a whale or ocean nursery or a whimsical print for the little animal lover's room!
11x14" Whale Chart Illustration
A new drawing of a polar bear and a little cub. The start of a little series of baby animal illustrations.
Cards available in the shop! With optional text inside for a new baby congratulations card or as a baby thank you card.
A peek at another animal baby illustration I'm working on - koalas.
A few commissioned ocean illustrations from the past year.
Above, An 8x10 watercolor and ink illustration, commissioned for the holidays. This one features a sea turtle and octopuses, fish, seaweed, and fan coral. I had fun adding little details in like a crab, jellyfish, a seahorse, and a little hermit crab.
A humpback whale and sea turtle, with other sea life in a rolling ocean
An above / below ocean illustration, this one with a sailboat. The sea turtle makes another appearance, as does a whale in the distance. Limited this palette to blues, greens and yellows.
My newest illustration. A 16x120" painting of three Killer Whales surfacing. The title refers to spyhopping, a behavior used by whales to see something above the surface of the water.
I haven't done a lot of artwork this large recently, so it was a fun change to work at this size. Below is a shot of the original for scale.
A doodle of a Pangolin and baby for World Pangolin Day! Had fun with this one, bizarre but cute animals. They are scaled mammals, feed on termites and ants, and roll into a ball when in danger. Threatened / endangered due to habitat loss and heavy poaching.
I've been watching this Red-bellied Woodpecker in my backyard the past week. For some reason he didn't like this mourning dove hanging around. He doesn't mind the smaller birds, but he tried to shoo off the dove.
The third illustration I did for the upcoming holidays. A pine marten up in a tree. This was a tough one to get right, it took a bit of doodling and several drafts to get right, even the colors were a bit difficult. But I was finally happy with this result.
I love weasels and their kin, which pine martens fall into. Eventually I will probably do the whole family. So far I have this one, a sea otter, and a white ermine. I think that would be an interesting series.
Recent illustration of a Snowshoe Hare, in it's white Winter coat! Glowing Aurora overhead!
I've spent the last several weeks drawing illustrations for this years Christmas cards. I've just finished up the last one, and will be featuring them all here over the next couple weeks. I had fun painting the Northern Lights for several of this year's cards. It's an interesting and challenging subject to portray, especially in watercolor.
My newest illustration. A whale shark, which I've had in the back of my mind for a while now. In Madagascar Whale Sharks are known as Marokintana, which translates to "many stars". This name was the inspiration for this illustration. A star covered ocean giant, swimming under a star filled sky.
I did a little experimenting painting a bit of the Milky Way, which will show up in another illustration I have planned.
I always have a lot of fun translating different animals into this simplified style. This was an interesting challenge, finding a way to portray these different owl species. I ended up putting more detail into these than i typically do. I'm happy with the result and I think each one ended up unique from the others. This illustration features a variety of North American owl species, each labeled in handwritten text.
Prints are in my 100 Owls shop: 13x19 Owl Chart
I just added my little series of ducks drawings to the website, six illustrations for now. Below is my favorite from the series, an American Wigeon.
5x5" Duck Prints available in my Etsy Shop! Mix and match from the six illustrations and create your own set. Printed on a nice heavyweight etching art paper. I think it would make a cute little series for a nursery!
I spent last week at the beach, birdwatching, beach combing, and relaxing. Here are a few of my favorite bird shots from the trip.