Gopher Tortoise

Native to the southeastern United States, it is considered a keystone species because its deep burrows provide homes to over 300 species of animals.

Live animals are brought into the classroom of my Wildlife Drawing workshops. The Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus Polyphemus) is a charismatic animal to draw.

Pencil with added Watercolor pencil. Robert Bateman Cover Series sketchbook. 11x14”.