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

Pangolin Panacea – #unless

Day 3 prompt: Pangolins


Pangolins have been a favorite of mine since childhood, but some species are hunted because of a superstition that claims their scales, dried and ground up, can cure nervousness or other ailments. 

Many animals face extinction due to a combination of high demand for traditional ‘medicine’ and an inability to farm them efficiently.

While some of these animals might have some medicinal value, usually it is quite dubious and the demand is met with poaching dwindling populations. 

Taking medical advice from a pangolin is probably as effective as killing them for medicine. Plus who wouldn’t want such a cute doctor hanging around?

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

Monkey vs Robot

So, a few weeks ago I noticed I hadĀ four 20 x 20 cm pieces of hanji laying around. I don’t remember why they were there, but they were. And so I drew a monkey on one of them:

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Having a monkey on hand, I had to decide what to do with the other pieces. Two options came to mind. My first thought was to make a portrait style for each sign of the Eastern Zodiac. But then I remembered a song…

So monkey vs robot it is!

After I drew up the sapiens and automatons, I had a tough choice. I really liked the pieces in black and white. But I also wanted to add some color. So I did! I decided to have all the pieces be connected with red…

The monkeys I colored with orange and a warm green, while the robots I colored with blue and violet.

I’m thinking of keeping them together as a tetraptych, because that’s a friggin’ awesome word few of us get to use all that often.

I will be doing a few memes with these as well. Here’s one:

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If you like, feel free to share! And as always, keep arting my friends!

Life Drawing, 02.04.16

So tonight’s life drawing session at Jankura Art Space was a spin off celebration of Goya’s birthday – so we did ‘Goua’s witch’. 

So to fit the theme, I brought my black paper and white pencil. The contrast turned out pretty well me thinks.    
    
   
Keep arting my friends!