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Herp Art

Post by soulsurvivor » June 14th, 2010, 10:11 am

Kysnakeguy's recent post gave me an idea. Obviously we here are all obsessed with herps, and I know a lot of us like to make herp art. How bout a thread where people post pics of herp art they've done. I know I have found a lot of what I've seen here very impressive. So share some more with us!

Here is some of mine from the past couple years:

red eyed tree frog
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green mamba, still in the works
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baby cooter
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sea turtle
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blue dart frog, drawn from one of my own photos
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Re: Herp Art

Post by Ryan Thies » June 14th, 2010, 10:57 am

Those are awesome! I wish I had some art skill.

Ryan

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Re: Herp Art

Post by dezertwerx » June 14th, 2010, 11:05 am

They look great!

I used to be really good at art... just never seem to have the time.

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Post by soulsurvivor » June 14th, 2010, 2:05 pm

Thanks guys. I hardly have time anymore either. I just got a new job, and at least 4 projects in the works that I have no idea when I'm going to finish. :?

Come on, I wanna see some other people's stuff! 8-)

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Re: Herp Art

Post by Russ_Jones » June 14th, 2010, 2:48 pm

Here's a coloured pencil drawing of a green frog
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my first and only attempt at painting... watercolours believe it or not...lol
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the rest are tattoo designs I'v sketched up over the past couple months
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I have loads of this stuff but havnt got around to scanning it... will be sure to add more when I do!

Cheers,

Russ

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Re: Herp Art

Post by KevinS » June 14th, 2010, 2:58 pm

I used to do some rough sketches herps when I'd get bored in my college days. Sorry about the quality-I didn't scan these, just took quick snapshots of them. First up is a portrait inspired by a blue tongued skink I used to have.
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I once tried to recreate a fischer's chameleon from a picture in a book too (and took some liberties with the diameter of its perch).
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Post by Hunter-MX » June 14th, 2010, 4:18 pm

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Re: Herp Art

Post by Tim Borski » June 14th, 2010, 5:30 pm

"Pineland"

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Re: Herp Art

Post by soulsurvivor » June 14th, 2010, 5:36 pm

Those are all awesome! I LOVE herp art. Russ, that frog head is amazing! For some reason I seem to gravitate to drawing turtles, even though they are not my favorite herp (rattlesnakes are).

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Re: Herp Art

Post by Tim Borski » June 18th, 2010, 3:33 am

"One June night/ ENP"
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Re: Herp Art

Post by Marc Dubois » June 18th, 2010, 2:14 pm

Nice artworks everybodies !!


Some of my artworks:

Southern Copperhead (Color pencil):
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Ball Python (Color pencil):
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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » June 18th, 2010, 7:19 pm

Tim, that Pineland picture is fantastic!

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Re: Herp Art

Post by Steve Bledsoe » June 18th, 2010, 8:50 pm

How about some ancestral herps?

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Here's one for Mike Dee - "Rhino-saurus"
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Re: Herp Art

Post by Shells-n-scales » June 18th, 2010, 9:03 pm

I would love to purchase a copy or the original artwork with the petrosaurus on it!!! email me: [email protected]

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Re: Herp Art

Post by Piglet » June 19th, 2010, 4:14 am

Pencil of an Eastern Box Turtle
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Re: Herp Art

Post by crocdoc » June 21st, 2010, 12:33 am

Here's a painting I did for my business card many years ago (12, in fact, according to my signature).
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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » June 21st, 2010, 1:15 am

Beautiful technique, crocdoc. Did it ever make it onto your biz card?

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Re: Herp Art

Post by crocdoc » June 21st, 2010, 2:34 am

Thanks. Yes, it was my business card for a few years when I was self-employed.

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Post by soulsurvivor » June 21st, 2010, 8:17 am

Crocdoc, that's amazing! Looks like a photograph!! What kind of paints did you use?

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Post by Russ_Jones » June 21st, 2010, 1:13 pm

Love the paleo art Steve! Here's one I did a little while ago... I want to add a background and maybe a big trex eyeballing the baby... in time I guess :)

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Crocdoc, wicked painting dude!

Cheers,

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Re: Herp Art

Post by crocdoc » June 21st, 2010, 7:35 pm

soulsurvivor wrote:Crocdoc, that's amazing! Looks like a photograph!! What kind of paints did you use?
Thanks! I used tube acrylic, painted onto a gessoed masonite panel.

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Re: Herp Art

Post by robbielab » June 22nd, 2010, 9:52 am

My contribution...

Pencil drawing of a female adder (Vipera berus)
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... which became this acrylic painting. This is hopefully going to be used in an upcoming book about adders (please note, it is copyrighted!).
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Here's a scientific drawing which I did for my research paper (publication pending) on this Madagascan species, Pararhadinaea melanogaster. As far as I know, it is the only drawing of this snake, as it is only known from 9 individuals (3 of them I found! Woohoo!). Annoyingly, for scientific drawings all shading has to be done using different concentrations of dots!!! (also copyrighted!).
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Finally, a bit more "arty", an acrylic painting of a hawksbill turtle!
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Some great stuff on this thread guys, well done!

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Re: Herp Art

Post by Jon Wedow » June 22nd, 2010, 11:02 am

There's some serious talent in this post! Nice work by everyone!

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Re: Herp Art

Post by McCracker » June 22nd, 2010, 4:21 pm

This post goes down as my favorite new post since the crash. There is some excellent talent amongst this group. Bravo!!!!

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Post by soulsurvivor » June 22nd, 2010, 5:27 pm

Robbie, the dot technique is called stippling and was a preferred method of shading for me for many years, ever since I learned it in a highschool art class. You're right, it is annoying, and has started to hurt my eyes as I get older. Now I avoid it. LOL

Excellent drawings!!

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Re: Herp Art

Post by Steve Atkins » July 1st, 2010, 5:50 pm

Russ Jones, I love that picture of the underside of the treefrog, awesome.

Let me be the first to post a picture of the art of jewelry making with herps as the subject. I recently picked up these earings in SC, I think the artist paid incredible attention to detail and the earings just seem so lifelike...






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Re: Herp Art

Post by gbin » July 3rd, 2010, 10:05 am

Having no artistic talent myself has never stopped me from deeply appreciating it in others - everything you folks are putting up is amazing! :thumb:

crocdoc, your painting in particular just blows me away! What happened to the original? Is it now hanging in a museum somewhere?

Gerry

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Re: Herp Art

Post by Robert Hansen » July 3rd, 2010, 11:02 am

Some really nice stuff here...lots of hidden talent. If any of you artists would be interested in having your illustrations used in Herp Review, please contact me at the address below. We typically have open spots throughout each issue, and I like to fill those with various sorts of illustrations, ranging from "technical" drawings to more artistic interpretations. I can provide more info to anyone interested. Thanks!

HerpReview <AT> gmail.com

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Re: Herp Art

Post by M Wolverton » July 3rd, 2010, 1:01 pm

Stippling or pointilism is an effective illustration technique for some subjects. I never found it annoying (I use both hands and two pens so it goes faster).

I illustrate mostly objects left behind by primitive screwheads, but have been kicking around the idea of expanding into biology.

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It even works for water-rolled artifacts-

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Other methods are better for other materials.

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Re: Herp Art

Post by crocdoc » July 3rd, 2010, 4:40 pm

gbin wrote:crocdoc, your painting in particular just blows me away! What happened to the original? Is it now hanging in a museum somewhere?
Thanks! After a long stint under my bed, the alligator painting is currently in my living area, on the floor, leaning on a bookshelf. I promised myself that when I found the time I'd give it some needed touch-ups and get it framed, maybe even hang it up on a wall. A rainy day project on top of the other rainy day projects I have lined up when my current rainy day project is finished.

Sadly, it doesn't rain often enough here.

Wolverton, nice drawings of hand tools and arrowheads! I like the look of stippling and have done a lot of it in the past for scientific publications, but I'm not sure I'd still have the patience. I don't know if it's still the case now, with the advent of digital printing processes, but not long ago it was the only way to get a nice gradation while using inexpensive black and white printing processes.

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Post by Daryl Eby » July 3rd, 2010, 4:55 pm

Wow Russ. There is some great stuff there. I REALLY like these two:
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Re: Herp Art

Post by Jackson Shedd » July 3rd, 2010, 9:15 pm

Stippling or pointilism is an effective illustration technique for some subjects. I never found it annoying
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Hydromantes shastae
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Phrynosoma asio
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Post by Hunter-MX » July 4th, 2010, 6:47 am

Nice Jackson,i had no idea your talents went to art as well.

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Re: Herp Art

Post by Jackson Shedd » July 5th, 2010, 8:51 am

Thanks Will, I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil. I dig your Petrosaurus. I did one similar to that as a thank you to Victor Velazquez when we were in Baja...wonder if he still has it.

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Re: Herp Art

Post by mjd123 » July 5th, 2010, 12:15 pm

Steve & Russ,
Have you ever submitted any of your work to Prehistoric Times? They don't pay anything but they do publish it. If you are interested in contacting them, pm me.
Steve, Thanks for the rhino! :thumb:
Russ, my favorite ancestor were the ceratopsians.
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Re: Herp Art

Post by Eric East » July 5th, 2010, 4:56 pm

Those are amazing pictures guys! The only thing I can draw are flies! :lol:

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Re: Herp Art

Post by gbin » July 5th, 2010, 6:01 pm

crocdoc, maybe you should consider selling that alligator painting to me and using that future rainy day to paint an entirely new one just the way you want it, to save yourself from having to do those touch-ups! ;) (I could seriously be interested, if you could bring yourself to part with it at a price I could afford.)

And still more amazing work has been posted since my last message - you guys rock!

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Re: Herp Art

Post by crocdoc » July 6th, 2010, 2:45 am

Gerry, if you're serious I'd be happy to discuss, but keep in mind shipping costs as it's around 1 metre high and on masonite, so it can't be rolled!

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Re: Herp Art

Post by gbin » July 6th, 2010, 2:07 pm

Hmmm, I was serious, but it sounds to me as if more house than I have might be needed to properly display it. It must be stunning in real life!

Out of curiosity, why masonite?

Gerry

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Re: Herp Art

Post by crocdoc » July 7th, 2010, 12:46 am

Masonite is smooth and sturdy.

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Re: Herp Art

Post by Lindsay » July 7th, 2010, 8:41 am

This one, by my friend Gina Gauvin, is on my living room wall.
Ornate Uromastyx, of course.
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Re: Herp Art

Post by soulsurvivor » July 7th, 2010, 9:00 am

Very cool, Lindsay! I LOVE the colors.

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Re: Herp Art

Post by KUJordan » July 7th, 2010, 11:30 am

Good to see this thread again. Some great stuff on here for sure. Very talented bunch of folks we have!

Here are a few of my things:

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ballpoint pen:
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still a work in progress, may never finish:
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Here are some arachnids drawings I've done:
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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » July 7th, 2010, 8:01 pm

Now that's talent, Mr. KUJordan. Any chance you work as an artist, or is that a "mere" hobby?

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Re: Herp Art

Post by John Martin » July 7th, 2010, 9:36 pm

KUJordan wrote:still a work in progress, may never finish:
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Man, I HATE you guys/gals with all this talent! Just kidding, but I AM jealous. Jordan, you really need to finish this one - I would love to see this with true copperhead colors lying in those autumn leaves. Oh, and when you do finish it, I'd like to be first in line to buy it! :beer:

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Re: Herp Art

Post by crocdoc » July 8th, 2011, 1:24 am

I know this thread has been dead for a year (to the day, in fact) and this has been referred to as 'thread necromancy' on another forum I visit, but here goes anyway. Recently I was digging through some old illustrations as I needed to scan a few and I decided that while I was at it I may as well scan a few extras to throw on here. These were originally commissioned for a number of different books and were all painted in acrylic on illustration board, before I went digital (although two have had digital alterations after being scanned).

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Re: Herp Art

Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » July 8th, 2011, 2:00 am

Sweet Georgia Brown, that is amazing!!!!

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Post by Marc Dubois » July 8th, 2011, 4:10 am

Awesome !! really nice works 8-)

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Post by justinm » July 8th, 2011, 4:42 am

I've been doodling since I was very young, turned down an art scholarship (only the second ever offered at my school), and I'm too scared to post after seeing what you guys have put up. This thread is very humbling, and I'm very impressed all around. So many talented people here. What an amazing community we have.

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Re: Herp Art

Post by Cole Grover » July 8th, 2011, 6:54 am

Holy... un-friggin'-real. There isn't a single piece posted that's not amazing. Keep this rolling!

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