Friday, August 29, 2014

Karma Chameleon

Drawing a Chameleon...Again

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Chameleon. 11x17" Ballpoint Pen and Ink wash

Well, if you don't feel completely satisfied, try again…right? I did a drawing of a Chameleon last year, and I just wasn't satisfied with the detail and composition of it. I wanted to express my fascination for these incredible little creatures with a more up-close and personal look at the amazing detail a Chameleon possesses. And this drawing ended up becoming the most time intensive drawing I have done so far. I probably put over 30 hours of time completing this work. But as most of you that follow me know, time is not an issue when doing a drawing. I don't rush a drawing and enjoy a long and time-consuming creative process. And this piece demanded a level of patience that I throughly enjoyed experiencing. I approach a drawing like this one scale at a time, trying never to rush it. To some people this would be torture, but to me it is relaxing, enjoyable, meditative, and peaceful.

Where to start about Chameleons. The facts about these reptiles are mesmerizing! There are 160 different species of Chameleons, which half of them live on the island of Madagascar. Their eyes can rotate and swivel independently to let them see a complete 360-degrees. Their tongues can be as long as their bodies and move at ballistic speeds. They can change color, which serves as a form of communication. CRAZY! and if that wasn't enough:

• Chameleons have ultraviolet vision
• Chameleons vary in size from 0.6 of an inch to 30 inches
• They have no outer ears but can detect sounds in the frequency range from 200-600 Hz
• Chameleons can live up to 10 years

With all of those amazing abilities, Chameleons are the coolest of the cool when it comes to reptiles! I'm sure every Chameleon owner out there would agree. Below are some pictures I took as my Chameleon drawing came to life. As always thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and look at my work. Your support is a huge inspiration to me.

Here are some photos taken during my drawing process

Here's the finished drawing
Prints, posters and signed fine art reproductions are available 
for purchase in my Etys shop at: