Accurate drawings of various species of lizards; chameleon, horned lizard, anole, iguana, beaded lizard, monitors and several others types of common and rare lizards. 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 lizard 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 email to the artist.
The lizard drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
Some years ago, I got it into my head to draw a Frill-Necked Lizard. I found some good reference material, and I sat down to draw it. I realized I was over my head, and that the subject matter was beyond my ability to draw at that time. Years later, and several drawings of less complicated lizards went by and I attempted it again. This time I felt confident that I could pull it off. And I was pleased with the results. But without years of practice and studying and working with other lizards, I would have never been able to represent the complex scale pattern of the animal. At this time I have no immediate plans to add more lizards to this gallery (perhaps a Veiled Chameleon or Thorny Devil) but if there is a specific lizard you'd like to see added to the images here please send me an email.
Lizards are a large group of reptiles belonging to the order Squamata and the Suborder Lacertilia. There are lizards on every continent except Antarctica, although many islands do not have them either, unless they have been introduced by humans. The size of lizards can vary greatly, from a tiny dwarf chameleon that's only a couple inches long, to the largest lizard - the Komodo Dragon - that can reach lengths of almost nine feet (3 meters.) Snakes are generally excluded from this group. Many lizards are carnivorous, so their eyesight is very keen and needed as a way to catch prey. Lizards also communicate visually (only geckos can make noise) so eyesight is also important in order to receive messages. The fossil record of lizards can be traced back to an iguanian species named Tikiguania estesi. This species dates to the Carnian stage of the Triassic period or about 220 million years ago. Most lizards are not very large, and therefore not a threat to humans. Only the Komodo Dragon has been known to attack and kill people, but these are very rare events. Lizards do not have venom, with the exception of the Gila Monster and it's close relative the Beaded Lizard of Central and South America. Lizards are often kept as pets, especially chameleons and geckos in part because they do not grow particularly large and are captivity bred fairly easily.