Wes James

A collection of photos of the things I love, my adventures, and interactions with wildlife.

Rambo shed today and is trying his hand at being a watch salesman! 

Only the essentials. 
Latest commission, 
11x17 Acrylic, ink, and watercolor on paper. 
If you would like to see more of my work or request a commission please visit my facebook page at-
https://www.facebook.com/wildwesjames?ref=bookmarks
Thank you!

Going to Seattle soon….I will have never in my life been so far from wild alligators before. I really hope they don’t miss me too much..or think I’ve forgotten about them…

IT’S NOT GOODBYE I SWEAR IT’S JUST SEE YA SOON YOU LITTLE SCALY OTTERS DRAGONS

manduhdoll:

Wes has done an amazing job at capturing my two lovely adult male leopard geckos, Bat and Pegasus.

Thank you soooo much!! You did an amazing job! Everyone I have shown love it very much!! wildwesjames

You are so welcome! 

Im very happy that you like it. It was my first time doing leopard geckos so this was a good challenge for me :)

Meanwhile here in Florida. 
A highlight from a recent piece of a red eyed treefrog- Agalychnis callidryas.
I have just finished a slough of commissions and am taking new requests. Please PM me or send me an ask if you would like something soon before I get booked up!And If you want to follow more of my work like my FB page at https://www.facebook.com/wildwesjames
Or instagram at wild.wes.james

wildwesjames:

   My name is Wesley James Lock I’m an artist and an aspiring biologist living on the west coast of Florida. For as long as I can remember I have loved two things, art, and animals. I started studying both from a very young age and my dream has always been to make a career out of it. Unfortunately I dropped out of school for personal and health reasons and recently had to quit my job as well. I had been working construction for the last couple years but kept getting injured and just can’t do it anymore. 

   I can still make art, and want to bring back to life my dream of making it as a wildlife illustrator. I’d love to start selling prints and doing commissions again to bring myself back into it. 

  If you like my work and are interested in buying or commissioning a piece please send me a message, or if you would be kind enough to share this I’d greatly appreciate it.

 I work in a wide range of budgets and always enjoy a challenge. Thank you for taking the time to read this, be well <3 

-Wes.

Thank you to all who shared this, 

I have received a lot of interest in my work and commissions lately and it looks like I might soon be able to make it on my artwork alone! 

For those of you interested in requesting pieces or who want to follow my work please like my new facebook page Art and Animals to see updates on what new things I’m working on, and thank you again tumblr for helping me make a living out of doing something I love!

https://www.facebook.com/wildwesjames

Anonymous said: Did your interest in animals start at a certain age or has it always been there?

I don’t remember when I started liking animals, it has really been since I came into this world. In fact when I was a toddler my teachers used to ask me to remove spiders, lizards, and toads from out daycare room because I wasn’t afraid of them but the other kids were. I think that positive reinforcement of my love of them did really push me to teach others about animals. 

Anonymous said: Which one of your art pieces is your favorite and why?

This one.

It’s called Low Moon Night  and was about a night I shared with a friend years ago. 

Well here you go guys-

Freshly watercolored emperor scorpion Pandinus imperator.

Did this during a break from one of my larger works. 

If you enjoy this please visit my FB art page to see more, thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/wildwesjames

manduhdoll:

wildwesjames:

I hadn’t expected leopard geckos to be so challenging to paint. They have just so much character and expression in their faces. 

But I shall prevail and make this a kickass piece!

Sorry for the challenge xD my babes have such facial expressions.

Oh don’t be sorry!

This is a great exercise for me, I know it is taking a long time but I am liking it a lot so far and I hope you do to :)

jennyrage:

wildwesjames:

So I ordered a little figurine of an emperor scorpion but I didn’t expect it to be so anatomically accurate.
Here’s it is next to my actual emperor scorpion for comparison.

Where did you get this? I would like to know. For reasons.

Certainly! They are called- 4d Animals Puzzles, and there are all kinds from little kids toys to educational sculptures.  
This guy came with some little orange accents that looked a bit silly so I just painted him solid black :3
http://www.ebay.com/itm/4D-Insect-Puzzle-Toy-Figure-EMPEROR-SCORPION-/321489909022?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&amp;hash=item4ada4ab51e

jennyrage:

wildwesjames:

So I ordered a little figurine of an emperor scorpion but I didn’t expect it to be so anatomically accurate.

Here’s it is next to my actual emperor scorpion for comparison.

Where did you get this? I would like to know. For reasons.

Certainly! They are called- 4d Animals Puzzles, and there are all kinds from little kids toys to educational sculptures.  

This guy came with some little orange accents that looked a bit silly so I just painted him solid black :3

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4D-Insect-Puzzle-Toy-Figure-EMPEROR-SCORPION-/321489909022?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ada4ab51e

Anonymous said: Do you by chance have a dog??

I do not and it is a subject of great sadness for me :c

 My family has always had cats and I’ve actually never had a dog. I am not in a position to keep one now but I feel like I’m missing out on some huge part of the human experience. 

A friend of mine bought me a cottoncandy flavored scorpion lollypop for my birthday. 

Of course I had to see if it would still be fluorescent under UV light.