Accurate drawings of all extant (and one extinct) species of sea turtles. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. In the gallery is the Flatback Sea Turtle, Green Sea Turtle, Hawksbill Sea Turtle, Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle, Leatherback Sea Turtle, Loggerhead Sea Turtle and Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, High quality prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all drawings in the gallery. If you do not see the sea turtle you're looking for please contact the artist to make a suggestion. Custom illustrations of specific sea turtles can be ordered as well. For more information and pricing please call 1 (800) 913-7906 or send an email to the artist. All drawings shown are available in both B&W line art versions and color.
The sea turtle drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
In 1998, I was living in Dresden, Germany. I had only recently decided to try my hand at wildlife illustration, as I had spent the previous years working almost exclusively in architecture. One of the first subjects I chose was a sea turtle, as these large marine reptiles had always fascinated me. I selected the Green Sea Turtles and when the ink drawing was completed, I was happy with the result (the digital tinting was added a few years later.) Since then, I've added a few more species and hope to have all extant species of sea turtle here. Having been lucky enough to swim with these animals in the coral reefs of Hawaii, the drawings take on a more personal feeling I like to believe as I have an emotional attachment to them. As I said, I do have plans to add the last few remaining species to this image gallery. If you would like to get a better idea of when that is please send me an email to make inquires.
Sea turtles are large marine reptiles that inhabit most of the earth's seas - except for the polar regions. These reptiles live nearly their entire lives in the water or right at the edge where the water ends on the beach basking in the sun. Only the females come up on land onto the sandy beaches to lay their eggs. As they are air breathing reptiles, they must surface periodically to gulp air. Not everything is known about how these marine reptiles migrate, but the Leatherback Sea Turtle have the longest migration of them all, sometimes traveling over 3,000 miles (4,800 km) away from the beaches where they laid their eggs. Sea turtles have differently adapted jaws for their food sources. Green and Black Sea Turtles have serrated jaws to eat sea grasses and algae. They are the only herbivorous of the turtles. Loggerheads and Ridley's have strong jaws to crush and grind their food, which is generally small crustaceans like crabs, and shrimp, but will also eat jellyfish. Most of the other species eat a variety of animals like sponges, squid and some vegetable matter. Sea turtles are generally solitary, coming together only to mate. They will however been found congregating at 'Cleaning Stations' - where small fish will attend to them and pick off parasites. All sea turtles are considered endangered, but the most endangered is the Kemp's Ridley, which has suffered a steady decline in population for decades. At one time they would come ashore to lay eggs in the tens of thousands. Now it is believed that number has dropped to only a few hundred.