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?

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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A Chuseok Life Drawing, 2016

On the third day of Chuseok, Jankura Artspace held a special Chuseok themed life drawing session. Instead of having a ton of food on stage, our model wore the dress part of a hanbok.

This time I had misplaced my black pen, so I used only blue and red ball point pen with white, blue and green colored pencils for highlights, hair and clothes.

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Have a happy Chuseok and keep arting!

Lookin’ Forward to Inktober 2016

Can you feel it? Something is just around the corner. Prepare your brushes and pens, for next month will be Inktober!

InkTober rules:
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
2) Post it on your blog (or tumblr, instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)
3) Hashtag it with #inktober
4) Repeat

Keep arting my friends!