Fine art illustration of a California Red-Sided Garter Snake (Lampropeltis getula californiae.)
The California Red-Sided Garter Snake was completed on 11.27.2011. I came across this colorful snake while researching another California garter snake. I was unfamiliar with the species, but when I saw the lovely coloration I knew I had to render this lovely reptile. As always, the scales and patterns of snakes gave me a challenge, but I believe the drawing turned out pretty well. I love the position of the head, which in some snakes can get lost when rendered alongside the body. The drawing is based on a photo by the talented wildlife photographer Jack Goldfarb.