Accurate drawings of snails and other gastropods. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. In the gallery is the Banana Slug, California Cone Snail, Florida Horse Conch, Giant African Snail, Hawaiian Tree Snail, Knobbed Whelk, Opalescent Nudibranch and Spanish Shawl Nudibranch. 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 gastropod 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 wildlife drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
My introduction into the world of gastropod rendering was a fairly harsh one; I had drawn a Giant African Snail - and in my ignorance of the subject, because I had encountered it on the Big Island of Hawaii, I assumed it to be an endangered Hawaiian Tree Snail. How wrong I was! I received an email from a biologist at the University of Hawaii pointing out my glaring mistake. I immediately corrected it and regretted the fact I hadn't been more diligent in confirming the correct species, and made my apologies to the the biologist. His email response was fairly hostile. I was taken aback at the fierceness of the email, as if I had insulted his mother or made some other such affront. I can only hope we both learned something from the process. Snails and other gastropods don't seem to attract much attention or sales, but I'm sure I'll occasionally add one species or another. If you have a specific species you'd like me to illustrate please send me an email
Gastropods are a large class in the phylum of Mollusks. These are typically limpets, snails and slugs, both terrestrial and aquatic. Their numbers are so large, they are second in the animal kingdom only to the insects in total numbers, with roughly 85,000 species indentified and an estimated 240,000 species yet to be. While snails are often encountered on land, about 2/3rd of all gastropods live in the oceans. They have colonized virtually every possible environmental niche on the planet except of the extreme polar regions. They are very ancient invertebrates, and they can be traced using the fossil record back to the Late Cambrian, which was thought to be about 570 million years ago. Gastropods are found in many different environments, and noted for many of the species like snails, conches, periwinkles, abalone and whelks for producing their own shells. Gastropods without shells are generally considered 'slugs.' Nudibranches are an examples of this, some of which are highly colorful. Most marine gastropods have separate sexes, whereas many terrestrial species are hermaphroditic.
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