The Argus Monitor was completed on 11.28.2010. One of my friends in the reptile world who works with Bay Area Herps owns one of these impressive beasts. At a show I took some photos and did a couple quick sketches to create this illustration. The skin texture along with the overall three-dimensionality of the image I believe was fairly successful.
The Argus or Yellow-Spotted monitor is a large lizard of the the family Varanidae native to the northern regions of Australia and southern New Guinea, usually near a year round source of water. They can be up to five feet long and weigh up to 45 pounds, but the females are somewhat smaller than the males. This reptile is an adept and opportunistic predator, feeding on nearly any smaller animal it can overpower such as other lizards, insects, crustaceans, birds and fish. They are also exceptionally fast, usually using their speed to catch prey or flee from potential predators.
Description: Fine art illustration of an Argus Monitor. The print is hand-signed by the artist and is guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. The reproduction of this original pen and ink drawing is done on high quality acid-free archival paper. Call 1 800-913-7906 for more information or to order by phone. Click here for shipping info.
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Argus Monitor Art Print
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Species: V. Niloticus