Sunday, February 13, 2011

Next: Elephants, Foxes and Kittens

Now that I've had a couple days to enjoy my Venice drawing, it's time to focus on the next project.  Sundays are great for project transitions.  Most of my weekend chores are finished by Saturday, so I have most of the day to start something new that I can get excited about during the week to come.

During the past week, I started working on a simple ink drawing of a baby elephant with its mother.  I'm hoping to draw two others, as well, one with a fox and one with a kitten.  These drawings are each about 5"x6".  I'm hoping to scan them to make some note cards, and I'm looking into a good animal rights organization that I can support with the proceeds.  If you have any suggestions, post them in a comment!

I really wanted to do these drawings to honor some of the animals that are shown in the documentary Earthlings, a graphic film about global treatment of animals.  This documentary really moved me, despite its being really upsetting, and it left me with the knowledge that I had to do something, even if it doesn't feel like it's making much of a difference.  These drawings are one of the actions I'm taking, and with them I hope I can raise a little awareness.  Today I'm starting the kitten one!

Did you know?
- are the largest living land animals and the adults have no known natural predators
- represent wisdom in many cultures and are known for their memories and intelligence
- can communicate over very long distances with a low frequency rumbling that other elephants can perceive through their trunks and feet
- exhibit behaviors that we associate with grief, art, compassion, and self-awareness, among other things
(thanks Wikipedia!)

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