Fine art illustration of a Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera elegans.) The illustration is available in black and white or color.
The Harlequin Shrimp was completed on 9.16.09.This subject was a tricky one. These handsome little guys are very TINY! Only an inch or so long. And they’re really not like anything else I’ve seen, so the eye already struggles to understand their physiology traits as it is. As humans I think we tend to look for eyes, mouths, etc automatically. When they’re not recognizable or hidden it can be confusing, as is the case here. The drawing is based on a photo by David Henshaw.