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Koda Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon Lizard Pet Portrait Painting

This is my very first lizard pet portrait painting, a bearded dragon named Koda. It was completed on October 23, 2020.  It is painted on a 5″ x 7″ stretched canvas with acrylic paints. It was challenging to paint such a detailed portrait on such a small canvas.  Rather than focus on all the tiny details and trying to paint every scale, I instead gave the impression of scales by layering the paint, and using tones, highlights and shadows to give depth and detail.  Since I could not paint the lines in between each scale, I chose layering to accomplish the appearance of scales. I first laid down a darker golden-brown color, which was the shadow color, and then with a small brush painted on the scales overtop of it.  You can see this especially on his arms. It is a much easier way of painting scales, especially at such a small size.  I used the same technique to get that very thin yellow circle in the eye.

Koda bearded dragon photo vs painting

Koda bearded dragon photo vs painting

Above, you can see a comparison of the reference photo of Koda with the painting.  In the photo, he is lit from behind, and I changed the lighting a bit so he was lit from the side instead.  I used some other photos of him to fill n details and confirm coloration and markings. The background is a solid gradient of blue and green, which contrasts nicely with the yellows and oranges of the beardie and also with the rock.  I used a bit of orange and red to represent reflected light of the rock. I also incorporated little splashes of blue to offset the mostly warm tones of the lizard and to give it depth and interest.  A lot of artistic liberties were taken here, while trying to stay as faithful to the reference material as possible.

If you like this painting, and want one of your own, whether it is a dog, cat, or lizard, please contact me and I can create one for you.  Please visit my Pet Portraits Information Page for more details on sizes and prices.

This artwork is also available in my online print stores for purchase as wall art, home decor, and other products. For art prints and home decor products, please visit my online print store from FineArtAmerica. For apparel, gifts, puzzles and other cool stuff, visit my RedBubble store.

Mockup in featured image by Freepik


Psychedelizard – Psychedelic Rainbow Chameleon Art

This artwork, titled “Psychedelizard”, features a psychedelic rainbow panther chameleon, and was probably my very first psychedelic animal drawing.  It was drawn on August 31, 2007 with Prismacolor markers and colored pencils on Strathmore drawing paper.

Inspiration for the Drawing

This drawing was inspired by many things.  Many years before, in 1994, I saw an advertisement in National Geographic that featured a chameleon.  I thought it was really cool, and I cut it out and kept it.  I was inspired even then to create a drawing like that. But it would be many years before I felt comfortable enough to tackle it.  As you can see my artwork is really nothing like the photograph, but the photo did give me inspiration to draw a chameleon among brightly colored leaves.  Those leaves morphed into the spirals and abstract shapes that ended up in the background of the final drawing. Chameleons are already kind of psychedelic in their own right, and it was only natural that I make a drawing of one. Unfortunately I do not have this photo anymore, I can’t seem to find where I put it.  I was only able to find one copy of it on Pinterest.

My Own Chameleon – Curly

My own pet inspired me to do this drawing too. I had a male veiled chameleon named Curly that i acquired in 2006.  He was a rescue from the vet clinic where I worked at the time. The previous owner did not take care of him properly, and as a result he suffered from metabolic bone disease.  Basically, this disease is caused when they do not get enough calcium in their diet, and also do not receive a UV light, which is required so they can make enough Vitamin D in their skin.  Without this, their bones cannot form properly, and become rubbery and soft, and they develop seizures.  He was in really bad shape, and with the vet’s round the clock care, he did recover.

Chameleon Curly

Curly the Veiled Chameleon

Even though I never had a chameleon before, I always loved them, and so I adopted him.  He was very sweet and a great pet.  Chameleons have a tendency to be aggressive, but he was not.  They are very high maintenance animals, requiring both high humidity and good ventilation, a constant source of running water, and a high protein diet. They also require a UV light and heat lamp.  I had him for about a year when he became sick.  He developed kidney failure, which was a result of his previous metabolic bone disease.  Most reptiles never really recover from it, and unfortunately even with supportive care, he passed away.

Two Versions

There are two versions of this drawing that I tend to use online.  The original version of the drawing features the odd shaped design that can be seen to the left.  The cropped version is a cut down version of the drawing in the shape of a square, with some missing details filled in.  The square version is the one that I most commonly use for products such as art prints and tote bags.  The original version I still use for t-shirts and stickers. Larger versions of both of these drawings can be seen in my portfolio: Psychedelizard (original) and Psychedelizard (square).

Psychedelizard drawing vs cropped

Psychedelizard drawing vs cropped

I still have the original drawing in my portfolio. I have high resolution scans of this drawing that I offer as fine art prints and more in my online stores.  Read about the different products below.

FineArtAmerica – Art Prints and Home Decor

Psychedelizard Canvas Art Print

Psychedelizard Canvas Art Print

My online gallery store on FineArtAmerica/Pixels.com is my primary store for giclee fine art prints of my artwork.  They have the most options for print sizes of any of my online store. This particular artwork can be purchased in eleven different square sizes (1:1 ratio), ranging from 8″ x 8″ to 48″ x 48″.  If so desired, you can also purchase a vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape) crop of the artwork in standard sizes.  The paper print option has lots of choices for paper types, and hundreds of options for frames and mats.  It can also be purchased as a stretched canvas art print, with lots of sizes and wrap styles.  Other print options include metal, acrylic, wood, and as a a tapestry.

The FineArtAmerica store also has lots of standard home decor items, such as throw pillows, fleece blankets, duvet covers, shower curtains, hand towels, bath towels, beach towels, and coffee mugs.  They also have all over print polyester tote bags, zipper pouches, cell phone cases, and greeting cards, and spiral notebooks.  They have a limited number of clothing options, including t-shirts, tank tops, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, and ever popular face masks.

Redbubble Store – Apparel and Home Decor

Psychedelizard shirts redbubble

Psychedelizard shirts Redbubble

My RedBubble store is a fantastic place to go for all kinds of gifts and decor. They have many of the same products and prints as my FineArtAmerica store, but also have several unique products. They have the most apparel options of any of my online stores. You can choose from so many different styles and colors of shirt, and even dresses and skirts!  They also have really awesome die-cut vinyl stickers. They have many great electronics cases, including laptop skins and sleeves, iPad skins and cases, iPhone skins and cases, and Samsung Galaxy skins and cases.  They have three types of cell phone cases: soft, tough, and snap.

RedBubble has several products not found in FineArtAmerica, including acrylic blocks, bath mats, clocks, coasters, comforters, floor pillows, drawstring bags, cotton tote bags and, travel mugs. They also have other products such as pin back buttons, scarves, socks, hardcover journals, and water bottles.  They recently added jigsaw puzzles and aprons.

Zazzle Store – Unique Gift Ideas

My Zazzle store has unique products that are found nowhere else online. They have really awesome kitchen decor products such as magnets, keychains, drinking glasses, shot glasses, tea towels, and many coffee mug options. They also have a great selection of stationery, including full size spiral notebooks, weekly planners, stickers, and glass paperweights. They also have ornaments, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards, and door mats.