Accurate drawings of various types of dolphins, whales and porpoises. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. In the gallery is the Beluga Whale, Bowhead Whale, Harbor Porpoise, Humpback Whale, Killer Whale or Orca, Spinner Dolphin, Sperm Whale and several other species of cetaceans. 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 dolphin, whale or porpoise 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.
From an early age, I think many if not most people are interested and sometimes taken with the charms and antics of dolphins. While I began to draw them, I really unaware of the many different species and variety of colors dolphins have (I thought the standard flat gray of a bottlenose was typical.) But as I studied them more I was amazed at their colors and - what looked like to me - racing stripes running down their sleek and aerodynamic bodies. Whales are a more difficult subject, as obviously they are near impossible to observe in the wild. For the few drawings here of whales, I've had to use reference photos and to some degree meld together images to form a layout. I'll likely be adding more cetaceans here pretty soon, but for the moment there aren't any specific species I'm immediately planning on adding. If you have a suggestions and would like to see it added to the image gallery please drop me an email.
Dolphins are oceanic mammals closely related to whales and porpoises. There are nearly forty different species in seventeen different genera. The smallest is the Maui's Dolphin at 4 feet (1.2 m) and the largest is the Orca or Killer Whale, which, despite it's name is a dolphin and not a whale. Dolphins inhabit nearly all the oceans in the world, and can be found in tropical reefs and kelp forests, as well as in the open oceans many miles from land. They are famous for their intelligence, and to this day there is a great discussion as to whether or not their pops and clicks represent a language. The family Delphinidae is the largest of the Cetacean order. In addition to being intelligent, dolphins have a very keen sense of hearing, and can hear sounds well out of the range of humans. They are very social animals, living in pods of a few or up to many dozen. They are also seen as very playful animals, jumping and frolicking in the water, interacting with divers or swimmers, and even riding waves with surfers. Dolphins have few predators, and for some species they are the apex predator. Their biggest threat comes from humans, who either kill them accidentally while fishing, consume them, or degrade their habitat with pollution.
Whales are cetaceans, which is an order that includes dolphins and porpoises. They are large marine mammals, believed to be descended from land animals like Pakicetids, whose ancestors evolved from the ocean onto land, and then back into the ocean to become modern whales. As with other mammals, whales are airbreathing, warm-blooded and nurse their offspring with milk produced by the mother delivered by the mammary glands. All whales have a layer of blubber just under the skin. This blubber protects the whale from the cold waters of the open oceans. All whales also have blowholes (some have one, others like the baleen whales have two) The hole closes for the whale while submerged, and when surfacing allows the animal to expel excess water and air - resulting in the characteristic spout that can often be seen for miles. Whales are seen as intelligent animals, and it is believed they can teach and learn, engage in cooperative feeding, and even grieve and make plans. During the turn of the century, many whales teetered on the brink of extinction due to overhunting. Decades later and with a ban on whaling that most countries respect, many of the whales have seen their numbers rise and stabilize. The largest whale - the Blue Whale - is not only the largest living whale, it is the largest living animal that has ever existed on the earth.