Fine art illustration of a Western Desert Tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes.) The illustration is available in black and white or color.
The Western Desert Tarantula was completed on 10.4.2013. I thought about putting together a collage of animals native to the Death Valley area (part of the much large Mojave Desert) and realized I needed a typical tarantula, and I thought the Western Desert or Arizona Blond Tarantula would make a nice selection. I found a great reference photo by Bill Dahl (who graciously gave me permission to use the image) and rendered this drawing. Of the tarantula I’ve drawn I believe this is the most successful.