Bats

I painted these bats for Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. A lot of photographs have been made of these bats, but I found they are very limited, in themselves, for illustration reference. I spent two afternoons in the University of Arizona mammal collection drawing dried specimens to get the shapes and geometries right. I also avoided the "drawn from a photograph" look that most bat paintings have.

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Mexican Free-tailed bat, illus­tra­tion by Paul Mirocha

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