Fine art illustration of a California Whipsnake or Striped Racer (Masticophis lateralis.)
The California Whipsnake was completed on 5.23.2013. I’ve developed some techniques which make getting the scales of a snake – once the bane of my existence each time I picked up a pen to draw one – that makes it much, much easier to get them looking right.
Although with a dark-colored snake like this, it is a little easier to hide inaccuracies in the snake’s anatomy, it is very important to me to make sure the drawing makes sense to the viewer’s eye. The illustration is based on a photo by Jason Butler.