Fine art illustration of a Plumed Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons.) The illustration is available in black and white or color.
The Plumed Basilisk was completed on 7.1.2013. I recall seeing these amazing reptiles when visiting the rainforests of Costa Rica. They very much lived up to their name as the “Jesus Christ Lizard” as I watched them scamper across some small stretches of open water. I could see how this made an effective defense! One of the problems when illustrating animals like this, is that I always want to show the entire body. That can be tricky when the animal is very long, yet very short. I found a great reference photo by Ellen van Yperen which I then adapted to this drawing.