Chiasognathinae of the Andes

 

These are illustrations for purposes of identification featured in the book below.

 

Each of these high resolution, photo realistic images were created from various different specimens of the same species, not all in good condition and often with twisted body elements. I employed photographic reference where I could, but with a microscope next to me much of it was raw [digital] painting used with artistic license. I had to interpret the level of iridescence on the shell as any different angle would reveal a whole rainbow of different hues that could never be captured in a single photograph. As these subjects were also very small, not one could be captured with a single photograph due to a very shallow depth of field.