We are part of Nature. Not just on the outside looking in
I am bold to say we are destroying our precious planet. I challenge you to do something about it because even a small step can make a difference.
I volunteer at Wild for Life in Asheville, NC. They are a volunteer, non - profit center that rehabilitates wildlife and provides education. I work there repairing cages, general care taking, cleaning cages and feeding our ambassador birds. As of late I have been assisting in the nursery taking care of injured animals and helping present their education programs. It is very rewarding. I've done drawings of some of their ambassador birds. We sell prints to raise funds for the center. These education birds have injuries that prevent them from being released back to the wild. Wild for Life is dedicated to getting animals back into the environment and between 75 and 80 percent of the injured animals we get into the center are rereleased.
"I took Jim's "Imagine Nature" class in early 2022 and I am so glad I signed up! I hadn't done any sketching or drawing in many years but I was curious about the concept of using your imagination and memory instead of looking at a model or picture. It was fun to let ideas bubble up and develop. It truly was a class for any level of artist. We learned how to turn a rough concept into a more detailed sketch and Jim was able to teach techniques in a way that could challenge advanced artists and give beginners ideas for how to draw different elements of nature. It was a really relaxing and fun class!"
Get the Point
Let's get serious for a moment. Saving our planet Earth is no joke and I believe catching someone's attention with a humorous cartoon can be a cleaver way to get a point across. I have always had a passion for protecting our environment and it struck me one day to use this medium to address the critical issues: Global Warming, Loss of Habitat, Pollution, Forest Fires, Extinction...the list goes on.
Inking an Earthtoon cartoon
Coloring an Earthtoon Cartoon
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Many things in my life I have documented with art and photography. This story is called Shark.