Sunday, April 29, 2007

EDM #116 - Something Green (IF: Remember) Iguana

About 9 years of my childhood I spent in India, the last 5 of them in a city called Alwar. The climate there is quite dry as it lies on the border of the Thar Desert (which is the world's seventh largest desert and is without doubt the most inhospitable ecoregion in the Indo-Pacific region). The summer season in Alwar is very hot, the average temperature in the summers ranges up to 41° C (106° F).

So you can imagine what kind of animals and insects we had in our garden: chameleons, lizards, cobras, praying mantis, scorpions, lots of strange looking insects and thankfully also a family of mungos had settled in our sewer.
I remember that I was always fascinated by all of these (mainly brownish and greenish) animals but that they were always very strange and frightning to me too. I used to spend hours watching them in the summer heat but mostly at a "safe" distance.

EDM #116 - Something Green (IF: Remember) Iguana

This image shows a green iguana, which we didn´t have in our garden, but it reminded me of the chameleons.

BTW: This is my first drawing for Illustration Friday. I have been a member of that group for quite some time now, but never managed to submit an image before.

20 comments:

Honor Bowden said...

Wow, this is beautiful! I love reptiles... Welcome to IF!

ksklein said...

Thanks, I finally made it! :)

caseytoussaint said...

What a gorgeous drawing - very well done!

the enigma said...

wow, what a details.. great texture!

steve said...

love it--some extraordinary work you've got!

Bron Smith said...

Welcome to Illustration Friday. You did a gorgeous and time-consuming drawing. At first I thought it was a photograph. I'll look forward to seeing more of your work.

Ascender said...

a wonderful illustration. looking forward to seeing more.

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mARTa said...

it's really a great sketch! What media did you work in? I looked closely but wasn't sure if it was watercolor or not. The details are perfect. If I didn't like iguanas before it's that I hadn't seen one as beautiful as this one! Good job!

Ces said...

Oh my gosh! What an incredible illustration. You are definitely going to be one of my favorites! Thanks for visiting my blog and checking out my first submission to IF.

ksklein said...

thanks for all your nice comment about the iguana. that really makes my day... or should i rather say evening? ;)

@Marta: actually i drew the outlines and all the details with a normal ink pen and the color i used were pencil colors... so nothing special

Robert McLaughlin said...

Good work on the iguana. Love the detail and color.

Keep posting!

Ralph Verano said...

Great detail. I have an iguana and you captured the look perfectly.

gabi campanario said...

fantastic, i love it, an eyestopping illustration

Don said...

Glad you were able to post. Looking forward to more.

I know what you mean about impatience but needing to finish. Just looking at all those scales I can't imagine making it through. But, then, I ended up spending almost 8 hours on this week's pic because I "got into the zone."

Good thing you stuck with it and finished... this is a very good detailed drawing. Reminds me of our iguana, Alex, that we lost several years ago.

Steve Mitchell said...

What a beautiful creature and piece. Love the memory as well.

Africantapestry said...

This is truly an amazing drawing! I must admit, I'm not fond of reptiles, but I have to admire this one. Well done
Ronell

Lauren Kate said...

I love it!
Well done - a really realistic illustration.

ksklein said...

thanks everybody for the wonderful comments. i was amazed to find so many comments on this post.

arvindh said...

wow nice detail!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Yep saw this on Flickr and loved it immediately.