Accurate drawings of various species of dragonflies. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. In the gallery is the Cardinal Meadowhawk Dragonfly, Eight-Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly, Four-Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly, Green Darner Dragonfly, Halloween Pennant Dragonfly and Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly. 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 dragonfly you're looking for please contact the artist to make a suggestion. Custom illustrations of specific dragonflies can be ordered as well. For more information and pricing please call 1 (800) 913-7906 or send an email to the artist.
Drawings shown are available in both B&W line art versions and colorThe wildlife drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
Dragonflies are unlike anything else I draw really. The translucent wings, the varied and vivid coloration, the massively disproportionate eyes, all add up to a wonderful subject to illustrate. Of course, these are insects that most of us encounter from an early age. It can be tricky when it comes to the wings; they are, after all, mostly transparent with only the "scaffolding" visible. Often, in certain poses the wings are not visible, so I have to take some certain liberties with demonstrating to the viewer's eye that there is indeed a solid object there - albeit very, very thin. I've only added a few dragonflies, but will likely draw a few more soon. If you have a suggestion for a specific species please drop me an email.
Dragonflies are large, heavy-bodied insects that belong to the order Odonata. They are similar to damselflies, with one of the notable differences being dragonfly's wings do not fold behind them when at rest, as they do with damselflies. They begin life in the water as nymphs, feeding on other water insects like mosquito larvae, but also tadpoles and even small fish. The dragonfly is usually not very far from a freshwater source, such as a pond, lake or slow moving stream. They are highly predacious, and feed on many nuisance insects like mosquitoes and flies. They will eat nearly any insect they can catch, including bees, ants and even the occasional butterfly. In prehistoric times they were much larger than today's species. In fact they were the largest flying insects to ever live on earth. The largest member of these extinct dragonflies had a wing span of about 30 inches (70-75 cm). Dragonflies are considered highly symbolic in many of the world's cultures. In Japanese literature and art, dragonflies are often the symbolize courage, strength, and happiness.
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