Shark and Ray Line Art & Full Color Illustration

Highly detailed B&W line art and color shark and ray fine art prints made from original drawings

illustrations of sharks and rays

Accurate drawings of various species of sharks and ray; Great White Shark, Tiger Shark, Manta Ray, reef sharks, hammerheads, Nurse Shark, Whale Shark and other types of cartilaginous fish. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. Most 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 shark or ray 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

The wildlife drawings are also available for stock art illustration.

Basking Shark fine art illustration
Basking Shark Art Illustration
Bat Ray Spider full color and line art illustration
Bat Ray Art Illustration
Black-Tipped Reef Shark full color and line art illustration
Black-Tipped Reef Shark Art Illustration
Blotched Fantail Ray fine art illustration
Blotched Fantail Ray Art Illustration
Blue Spotted Ray fine art
Blue Spotted Ray Art Illustration
Bowmouth Guitarfish fine art
Bowmouth Guitarfish Art Illustration
California Horn Shark fine art illustration
California Horn Shark Art Illustration
California Swell Shark fine art illustration
California Swell Shark Art Illustration
Caribbean Reef Shark fine art illustration
Caribbean Reef Shark Art Illustration
Great Hammerhead Shark fine art illustration
Great Hammerhead Shark Art Illustration
Great White Shark fine art illustration
Great White Shark Art Illustration
Lemon Shark fine art illustration
Lemon Shark Art Illustration
Leopard Ray fine art illustration
Leopard Ray Art Illustration
Leopard Shark fine art illustration
Leopard Shark Art Illustration
Manta Ray fine art illustration
Manta Ray Art Illustration
Oceanic Whitetip Shark  fine art illustration
Oceanic Whitetip Shark Art Illustration
Sand Tiger Shark fine art illustration
Sand Tiger Shark Art Illustration
Scalloped Hammerhead fine art illustration
Scalloped Hammerhead Art Illustration
Silvertip Reef Shark fine art illustration
Silvertip Reef Shark Art Illustration
Southern Stingray fine art illustration
Southern Stingray Art Illustration
Spotted Eagle Ray fine art illustration
Spotted Eagle Ray Art Illustration
Tiger Shark fine art illustration
Tiger Shark Art Illustration
Torpedo Ray fine art illustration
Torpedo Ray Art Illustration
Whale Shark fine art illustration
Whale Shark Art Illustration
Whitetip Reef Shark fine art illustration
Whitetip Reef Shark Art Illustration
Zebra Shark fine art illustration
Zebra Shark Art Illustration

Artist's notes:

black-tipped reef shark pen and ink and full color illustration

The mystery of sharks is probably what drives a lot of my enthusiasm for illustrating them. Something about their design - so perfectly sculpted by evolution - and of course the primal fear we all have of them, as no other animal in the ocean can cause such fear and dread. Another key element is the amazing diversity and size of the shark, from harmless diminutive sharks that prowl the sea bottoms, to the open ocean hunters like the Great White and to the massive, but benign, Whale Shark. Rays too, ever since I encounter a small school of them in the waters off Hawaii, have held a fascination with me for many years. I add a new shark or ray every few months, and at the moment I don't have any immediate plans to draw anything to add to the image galleries. But if you have a suggestions I'd like to hear it. Please email me!

Information about Sharks:

Sharks are a predatory fish that can be encountered in nearly every part of the world's oceans. These members of the class Chondrichthyes do not have bones, but rather have cartilaginous skeletons in their streamline bodies. Their teeth therefore are embedded in the gums, and over the course of a lifetime are replaced over and over. They are an ancient species and can be traced back about 420 million years ago. There are about 440 different species of sharks alive today, the smallest being the dwarf laternshark (about 7 inches long) and the massive whale shark which can grow to an astonishing 40 feet. Most sharks are exclusively saltwater although occasionally some species can venture into freshwater or brackish water. There is a famous incident in 1926 in which a Great White Shark, for reasons unknown, heading upstream many miles into a river in New Jersey where it attacked and killed a number of humans. But the vast majority of sharks pose little or no threat to humans. Sharks have an excellent sense of smell. Some species are able to detect blood in as little as one part per million in seawater.

Information about Rays:

Rays and skates belong to the superorder of Batoidea, which includes the following orders: Torpediniformes, Pristiformes, Rajiformes and Myliobatiformes. They are very closely related to sharks, with more than 500 different species living today. Both rays and skates have flat bodies and are cartilaginous - which mean they have no bones. Their gill slits are are under their pectoral fins on the underside of the fish and the eyes are on the top. Most batoids are found on the sea floor and in several different geographical regions such as coastal waters, kelp forests and coral reefs, although some species are found in very deep waters at about 10,000 feet (3,000 m) Very few live in the open ocean, but there are some like the massive manta ray. A majority of batoids live in saltwater or brackish water, but there are freshwater species living the tropical and subtropical rivers and streams. Most rays and skates have powerful teeth that can crush their prey, which is usually small mollusks or crustaceans like clams and snails. Some prey on fish and the largest of the batoids - the manta ray - feed on plankton.

High res digital versions of these images may be purchased and downloaded. The artwork may also be licensed for commercial use such as advertising, packaging, displays and other printed materials. Please review the license agreement.