Accurate drawings of various species of seahorses and sea dragons and many others. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. 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 open water or coral reef fish 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.All drawings shown are available in both B&W line art versions and color.
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Seahorses and seadragons are such a pleasure to render. Their anatomy of course is almost dreamlike - in the case of the Leafy Sea Dragon that barrier is crossed and the fish (I have to keep reminding myself that they are in fact fish!) takes on a super-natural beauty and it's hard to comprehend the series of evolutionary steps that led to it's existence. As I draw each species, I'm more and more fascinated by them. I've been lucky enough to be able to visit the seahorse exhibit in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well as numerous visits to the California Academy of Science's Steinhart Aquarium that an excellent exhibit of Leafy Sea Dragons. I've drawn eight different species and at this time I've no immediate plans to draw more, but if you'd like to suggest a species I haven't rendered please send me an email
Seahorses are mainly found in shallow tropical and temperate waters throughout the world, and prefer to live in sheltered areas such as seagrass beds, estuaries, coral reefs, or mangroves. In Pacific waters from North America to South America there are approximately four species. In the Atlantic, the H. erectus ranges from Nova Scotia to Uruguay. H. zosterae, known as the dwarf seahorse, is found in the Bahamas. Colonies have been found in European waters such as the Thames Estuary. Three species live in the Mediterranean Sea: H. guttulatus (the long-snouted seahorse), H. hippocampus (the short-snouted seahorse) and H. fuscus (the sea pony). These species form territories; males stay within 1 square meter (11 sq ft) of their habitat while females range about one hundred times that. Seahorses range in size from 0.6 to 14 in (1.5 to 35.5 cm). They are named for their equine appearance. Although they are bony fish, they do not have scales but rather thin skin stretched over a series of bony plates, which are arranged in rings throughout their body. Each species has a distinct number of rings. Seahorses swim upright, another characteristic that is not shared by their close pipefish relatives, who swim horizontally. Razorfish are the only other fish that swim vertically like a seahorse. Unusual among fish, seahorses have a flexible, well-defined neck. They also sport a coronet on the head, which is distinct for each individual. Seahorses swim very poorly, rapidly fluttering a dorsal fin and using pectoral fins (located behind their eyes) to steer. The slowest-moving fish in the world is the Dwarf Seahorse with a top speed of about 5 feet (150 cm) per hour. Seahorses have no caudal fin. Since they are poor swimmers, they are most likely to be found resting with their prehensile tails wound around a stationary object. They have long snouts, which they use to suck up food, and eyes that can move independently of each other (like those of a chameleon).The male seahorse is equipped with a brood pouch on the ventral, or front-facing, side of the tail. When mating, the female seahorse deposits up to 1,500 eggs in the male's pouch. The male carries the eggs for 9 to 45 days until the seahorses emerge fully developed, but very small. Once the seahorses are released into the water, the male's role is done and he offers no further care and often mates again within hours or days during the breeding season.
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