Accurate drawings of various species of animals that live in the polar regions. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. In the gallery is the Arctic Fox, Beluga Whale, Caribou or Reindeer, Musk Ox, Pacific Walrus, Polar Bear, Wolverine and other species endemic to the Arctic and Antarctic. All illustrations are available in both line art and full color. High quality prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all drawings in the gallery. If you do not see the arctic animal you're looking for please contact the artist to make a suggestion. Custom illustrations of specific animals can be ordered as well. For more information and pricing please call 1 (800) 913-7906 or send an email to the artist. Most drawings shown are available in both B&W line art versions and color
The animal drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
For the most part arctic animals are at once easy to draw, but also challenging. Many are white or very light, or it is most desirable to draw them in their white or winter phases, but when you are trying to draw a pure white animal using the medium of black ink, it takes a little thought to compose the illustration. Making the color phase of the drawing is made easier by being able to drop a blue background in, which helps convey a feeling of coldness to the drawing. So far I've only added these few animals but I'll probably add some more soon. If you have a request for a specific species of an arctic mammal (or non-mammal) please feel free to send me an email.
The animals of the arctic - which is the area located at the northern most region of the earth - all are specially adapted to deal with the harsh climate of the area. There are no reptiles or amphibians in these areas, only animals that can regulate their body temperatures (birds and mammals) or fish and insects - which are able to avoid the coldest parts of the winter, or have life cycles that last only the brief summer. So, that leaves mostly large land mammals to the area. There are several large herbivores such as the elk and musk ox, which are well-suited for the environment. They have thick, heavy coats and are able to find food even during the cold, dark winters. The large predators such as bears, wolves and wolverines, naturally, feed on these other mammals. Smaller mammals exist such as the hare or the ermine, and these provide food not only for the large predators, but birds of prey like the Snowy Owl. The oceans, too, are filled with large mammals like whales, porpoises and walrus. All of these animals need a thick layer of blubber to protect themselves from the icy waters. Due to climate change and the warming of the planet, polar ice is melting at such a rate animals - like the polar bear - are unable to hunt on the ice as normal, and they're being forced to look for food in areas that are not their normal habitats. They are also interbreeding with the grizzly bear, and are producing hybrid animals that threaten the continued existence of their species.