Fine art illustration of a Flatback Sea Turtle (Natator depressus.) The illustration is available in black and white or color.
The Flatback Sea Turtle was completed on 9.8.09. I had searched for a long time for some good reference photos of these impressive reptiles. Most images are of the turtles on the beach laying eggs. And of course most of the animal is hidden by sand. But recently I found some good images and was able to work up this illustration. The drawing is based on a photo by Jason Isley and was completed on 1.25.2013. It is the seventh and last extant sea turtle that I can draw. It’s always an odd feeling when I “complete” a species – I’m happy to have finished all the drawing I can of that species, but also sad that most likely I’ll never draw another. Although I do have some plans to draw the Archelon, which is a species of giant sea turtle that went extinct millions of years ago