Northern Crayfish Aka Small Dragon Shrimp
Drawing - Colored Pencil On Paper
Colored pencil drawing of a Northern Crayfish, by Conni Schaftenaar
Prismacolor and Cezanne Colored Pencils on Koh-i-noor Heavy Drawing Paper.
My brother lives near Denver Colorado and goes fishing often. He caught some Northern, or "Virile", crayfish that are about half the size of a small lobster and sent me photos. I did two drawings to send to him. His wife is Chinese-American, and in Mandarin, a Crayfish is called a "small dragon shrimp"! I love that!
I was fascinated with the color of the claws, the size of the crayfish (we grew up in Michigan and our crayfish in local waters are maybe an inch and a half to 2 inches long) and the huge orange knobby growths along the claws. They are ugly and beautiful all at the same time!
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