Fine art illustration of a Northern Black Racer Snake (Coluber constrictor constrictor.) The illustration is available in black and white or color.
The Northern Black Racer Snake was completed on 7.18.2012. There are two things I find particularly challenging in the animals I draw: One is the patterns the scales of snakes make as they wrap around the form of the body. The other being black or very dark subjects. So, in the Northern Black Racer there was a joining of these, which made me a little reluctant to begin the drawing. But with a few tricks I won’t go into here, I was able to speed the process along yet still maintain a sense of the illustration technique used on other drawings. The illustration is based on a photo by Todd Pierson.