I feel bad for not updating regularly these days, so I’ve decided to show what I’ve been working on all this time. As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been hired to draw illustrations for a children’s alphabet book focusing on unusual looking animals. Here is the current state of the illustration for letter “A” (I hesitate to use the word “final draft” because I may decide to fiddle around with colors and edit details later on, buuut this is more or less finished.) I’m currently working on the letter “K”, but for now I think this is a good sample showing where I am! I’m also going to try to upload other art more frequently, so stay tuned.
I met Hilary last week when she came to one of my presentations at The Field Museum. She mentioned to me me that she was working on illustrating a children’s book about animals but she totally undersold herself; this book aims to highlight some less popular but still critically significant animals across their kingdom.
It’s easy for us to say something is ugly, or creepy, if we don’t have a strong understanding or relation to that animal, but our interpretations of what is aesthetically pleasing shouldn’t influence the inclination to support the conservation of many of these species. I’m all for pandas and tigers, but sometimes we need new interpretations in our efforts to raise awareness about conservation for some of the less photogenic lifeforms that are in desperate need of support. That’s why I believe so much in education and encouragement from a young age: we’ve got an entirely new generation that’s going to grow up to appreciate naked mole rats because they’ve been shown to us in a way that is charming, rather than eww check out this gross naked rat, which unfortunately is all too popular.
Kudos, Hilary! #weevillove
Uh, I could consider taking PoM suggestions. But commissions are open and more likely to be done.
some of the awful screencaps I’ve taken during my watching of PoM so far
CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME WHAT EPISODE THAT FIRST PIC IS FROM!? C’MON TELL ME!
The Procyonidae (The “Before-Dogs”)
Procyonidae include the raccoons, coatis, cacomistles (ringtail “cats”), kinkajous and olingo/olinguitos. They’re native to North and South America, and likely split off from the canids around 25 million years ago.
Many members of this family have distinctive facial markings and ringed tails, though the olingos and kinkajous do not. The kinkajous have prehensile tails, which is a trait shared with only one other carnivoran, the binturong (“bearcat”) of South-East Asia.
These species are members of the superfamily Musteloidea, which includes red pandas, weasels, and skunks. Well, it might. Current phylogenetic studies seem to indicate that this might not be a truly-related group, but for now they’re still classified together.
Despite being members of the Caniforma (“dog-shaped”) suborder, which are members of the Carnivora, the Procyonidae don’t have any carnassal teeth - part of their more-omnivorous opportunistic diet, compared to the rest of their suborder. Carnassal teeth are needed for ripping and shredding flesh, and are essential in hunters like wolves and bears. While each species of the Procyonidae has preferred foods, they’re not obligate consumers of any one thing, allowing them to adapt and survive in an increasingly-urban world.
The Quadrupeds of North America. John James Audubon, 1851
Why would Julien’s isolation make people sad? It might not look like you and I wanted it to be, but I’m giving him what he needs and I’m rewarding him for his brave actions. I feel like I’m the universe, man.
Lately I’ve been watching Camp Lazlo, and I can’t help but suffering when I watch it and remember my old friend who liked CL a lot too, we grew a great friendship and then he said the painful words, and so did I. And we stopped talking to each other. It’s painful remembering all the people who left for stupid reasons… But Lumpus reminds me that life isn’t fair and no one will ever care, so why should I care? I don’t care. He brings me back to real life. Thank you Scoutmaster Lumpus ♥