Accurate drawings of various species of chameleons; Jackson's, Mountain, Panther, Parson's and Veiled species. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. All illustrations are available in both line art and full color. Signed prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all drawings in the gallery. If you do not see the chameleon or reptile 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 to the artist.
The chameleon drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
One of my first animal illustration - back when I was still living in Germany in 1997 - was of a chameleon. It seemed like a subject that would lend itself so well to my chosen media of pen and ink. At that time, I hadn't even imagined adding color to the images. I was also unsure of the exact species, and thought that hardly anyone else would care either - a chameleon was a chameleon to me. I learned later on how wrong I was about that! Years later, I've added a few more species but not at many as I would like. There was even a time where I was considering one as a pet. But this was right before I was planning to move from Minnesota to Germany, then on to California (with a stop in Costa Rica on the way!) Since that time I have seen many in captivity and a few in the wild (in Hawaii where they are not native to) and they still hold a great fascination for me. I believe I will draw one more species - perhaps a Dwarf Chameleon. If you have any suggestions for a species to draw please send me an email (it should be noted that one of my favorite bands is named after this amazing reptile!)
Chameleons are a family of reptiles native to various environments around the world - from deserts to tropical rain forests. They are found in Africa, Southern Europe, Asia. They have also been introduced to Hawaii, California and Florida where they have established permanent colonies. They are known for two very distinctive abilities; capturing prey with a long darting tongue and changing colors - either to express mood or for camouflage purposes. Despite popular belief, chameleons to not have sticky tongues. They in fact are muscular and it is these muscles that "grab" the prey. They are omnivorous, feeding mostly on insects but also eating plant matter such as leaves, blossoms and fruit. They are very popular pets and thousands are sold each year for the pet industry. While they are sold in large number, many beginners have difficultly in keeping them, as chameleons have very strict diet, lighting and temperature requirements. When a chameleon is unhappy or ill it's colors will fade and it will not eat, eventually starving itself. There are dozens of species of chameleon, and more are discovered each year.
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