The Lorax – #unless

The Lorax isn’t just about trees. It’s about the interconnectedness of nature. It’s also about the tragedy of the commons. 

The Lorax isn’t straight up against industry, but rather against unrestrained and inconsiderate industry. 

Today’s piece will be a diptych, so find out tomorrow!

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

-Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Revenge of the Bees – #unless

Day 2 of April’s drawing-a-day challenge. 

Today’s prompt: a honey bee spraying chemicals:


While feeding the world’s growing population is important, some of the modern farming practices are not always benign to the environment. Ironically, some of the pesticides we use to help protect crops may be contributors in honey bee deaths, an insect we rely on to fertilize many of our crops. 

Beware the Siren Call – #unless

Prompt #1 – Trump frolicking like a nymph

What better April Fools’ Day prompt can I get than the fool in chief who believes climate change is a Chinese plot and that ‘clean coal’ is actually is worth falling further behind in the renewable energy race. 

Sweet dreams are made of these

Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies.


If you’d like to suggest a prompt for my April drawing-a-day challenge, please add it in the comments! This month’s theme is Earth Day. 

April Prompt Request – #unless

Earth Day is this April and considering the rise of anti-science sentiment in the government and amongst populists, I want to raise awareness via art.

Each day in April, I will be making a new illustration to celebrate our planet and the sciences we use to understand it. This is where you come in. I need some prompts of things you’d like to see to further those goals. It can be something simple, like an animal, or complex like a habitat. It can be a scientist or a scientific principle. Whatever it is, I’ll try to draw it and add some context.

Sandhill Cranes represent the interconnectedness of our planet. They migrate long distances every year. Some subspecies don’t migrate, but they are suffering habitat loss.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

-Dr Seuss, The Lorax

Memento Mori – Memento Homo

Victory fills our souls while defeat brings us low. Both can make us lose a broader perspective.

Staying strong under loss can be difficult. But the best of us will move past defeat and keep trying. As the Romans grew into an empire, they were often foolhardy and ran straight into defeat. The kind of disaster which would humiliate other nations into surrender did not phase them, but fueled their need to try again.

Staying humble when victorious is even more difficult. For narcissists it is a downright impossible break of character. But the wiser of the Roman leadership knew they needed to maintain perspective. They would have a slave standing behind them, whispering ‘you are only human’ during pomp filled triumphs. 

A kill joy for some. But a good reminder for those in position to elevate themselves to gods!

Memento Mori

Memento Mori are reminders of our mortality. These can include such things including cut flowers and sand clocks, but the most iconic of the memento mori are skulls.

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I don’t think I’ve ever understood why people are uncomfortable with skulls. Don’t get me wrong, I know why. Skulls represent a person who was once breathing and is now gone. You look out of your eyes which are set inside the skull’s sockets, like a cage that holds your spirit in. Someday, when you draw your last breath, after your skin rots or burns away, your bones remain; a reminder to others that you were once among the living.

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I don’t see this as something that needs to be uncomfortable. Far from it! I think remembering our own mortality can help put ourselves in perspective. Last November I drew a skull a day. I’ll be posting a few of them with some thoughts. Until next time, don’t forget to dance.

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