An alligator snapping turtle waits for his next meal.
I can’t help myself. I’m attracted to ugly, unpopular animals. If you are too and would like to support me and my work, head on over to Society6 and pick up a print of this beauty.
Allow me to introduce you to the Moonrat. It’s a relative of the hedgehog and can be found throughout Malaysia and Indonesia. The one pictured here is a subspecies that is found in Borneo. Not only are these creatures quite ugly, they apparently also smell strongly of ammonia and rotten garlic. Now I know after reading this you’ve suddenly found some uncontrollable desire to have one of these fine creatures as a pet, but I must strongly advise against this. As an alternative, buy a print of one instead. This piece shows off all of the creature’s best attributes, not to mention it smells considerably better. *
*scent quality can not be guaranteed.
Fan art of sorts for Anya McNaughton’s Fire Tiger and Acid Panther. I had this idea about a year ago. I thought I’d draw it on the computer because at the time I felt it would look better that way. I quickly lost patience and forgot about it. I recently thought about it partially because she’s been making T-shirt designs to sell and also because I’ve been watching Game of Thrones.
Anyway, it didn’t take me too long to draw. I had the most fun painting it. I used Gouache for the first time and I don’t think I could have used a more appropriate medium for this particular style.
I got the inspiration for this painting from my mom, who was bitten by a rattlesnake when she was nine. When I asked her about it, she said she was searching for crickets around some old tomato stakes. During her search, she put her foot under a pile of boards and felt something bite her. It didn’t take her long to realize that it was a rattlesnake. At this point her dog apparently came to the rescue, only to get bitten as well. Luckily, my grandmother was nearby to take my mom back to the house and later to the hospital, but only after killing the snake with a garden hoe. My mom remarked that it was my grandmother’s favorite snake-killing tool.
Both my mom and her dog made a full recovery.
You can buy a print of this here, if interested: http://society6.com/AmandaMyers/Rattlesnake-vhm_Print
I’m going to be doing a snake painting sometime this month, so I’ve been doing some sketches to to figure out what kind of snake I want to do and how I want the composition and style to be. I think I’ve settled on doing a rattle snake, but I have not come close to how I want to stylize it or what kind of composition I want to do. These are just two of the sketches I’ve done so far. I like the black and red one quite a bit. I feel I got too crazy with the markers on the other.
The top version is the original and the bottom one has been heavily edited. I don’t really care about either, so I leave you to choose.
A Greenland Shark, which is my second attempt at painting a shark. I feel this is way more successful than the goblin shark I painted; mostly because I relaxed and let it be what it wanted to be rather than forcing a style or mood upon it.
Also, as cool as goblin sharks are, I really like Greenland sharks. Eye parasites and all.