Accurate drawings of various species of animals that live in Australia and the South Pacific. All drawings are created by hand and are expertly rendered. In the gallery is the Dingo, Duckbilled Platypus, Huon Tree Kangaroo, Koala, Sugar Glider, and Red Kangaroo. 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 Australian or South Pacific 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.
The wildlife drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
Australian animals are just too much fun to draw. The bizarre anatomy of them, unlike anything else in the world, makes them unique in their appearance. It's taken me a few years just to get these few done, because I don't get many requests for them. So when I draw an animal from down under, it's usually because I like it or find it intriguing and want to know more about it. Some of the animals have simply bizarre characteristic, like mammals that lay eggs like the echindas, and as id that wasn't strange enough, the platypus is also venomous! I've knocked out a few of the more popular animals, and will likely add a few more in the next few months. If you have a specific Australian or South Pacific animal you'd like to see added to this gallery please send me an email letting me know.
The animals of Australia are many, with a mind-boggling diversity and bizarre adaptations that can be seen nowhere else on earth. Between 80-90% of all animals found on this continent are endemic to Australia and can only be found there. Due to the continent's long isolation, the animals there have been isolated for so many millions of years, they have evolved specialized abilities to cope with the harsh environment. There are few placental animals - only bats and rodents. Most of the Australian are marsupials - or animals that raise their young in a pouch. In fact an amazing 100 marsupials (70% of all of the world's total) occur in New Zealand, Australia and the surrounding islands. Comparatively, there is only one in North America. One of the few non-marsupials is the dingo, but it is believed that it was actually a domestic dog that was introduced to Australia a few thousand years ago by humans. Because of it's isolation, the flora and fauna there are especially vulnerable to invasive species - like the Cane Toad. Many of the Australian mammals live in the outback and are not threatened due to the usual problems facing wildlife today, but some species - notably the koala, has had its number decline due in large part to an infectious disease that passed on from one koala to another. One of the most famous extinct Australian animals is the Tasmania Tiger, which was not really a tiger but a Thylacine, and the last one known died in the 1930's.