Fear of snakes is my biggest phobia. In fact, my fear is so serious that I will hyperventilate at the sight of a garter snake in my yard. This drawing was a step toward facing my fear. I took the reference photo at a reptile exihibit at a zoo. Of course, the snake was behind glass and could not harm me.
However, drawing this creature took stamina. I had to pay detailed attention to its scales and shiny skin. Still, I cannot tell whether it is placidly taking a nap or hunting a rodent. Regardless, the picture gives me chills.
Now that the project is complete, I can say that I am still afraid of snakes. However, I am proud that I took a step to face my fear and express the shadows of fear in my piece.