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Theme Week Begins -- Endangered Species



ACEO TW Endangered Species Black Rhinoceros

Every month, eBay Group ACEO Art Cards Editions & Originals has an interesting art contest -- all entries must be ACEOs, listed for $4.99 to start with reasonable shipping and no frills on the listing. The same Theme gets carried over into a Swap in the middle of the month. Last month was Under the Sea. This month is Endangered Species.

I thought all month that I was going to do nothing but endangered big cats. After all, I love big cats and I'm used to drawing or painting cats. But I got started at around two in the morning with a Black Rhinoceros, posted my listing around 3am, which is after midnight Pacific time and so is posted on the 1st for the sake of the contest.

Right now I'm also working on a second watercolor Endangered Species ACEO, an albatross. I've got the sky done and dried and a thin wash shading the underside of the bird's wing and belly that's drying, when that's entirely dry I'll go in and start detailing with the sharp darks of its black or nearly-black feathers and eye, then do the beak in Quinacridone Burnt Orange. I expect to be painting and drawing all day with this theme. I love the theme, and decided to vary what creatures I depict because the problem isn't just for big cats. Poaching, habitat destruction and pollution strike so many different types of creatures that I can't present the concept of Endangered Species without a wide variety of them.

Though a snow leopard will get in there, I found a good reference in Public Domain on Wikipedia and so I'll be going very close to the reference on my Snow Leopard. Might do that one in colored pencil.
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notalwaysweak
Aug. 2nd, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
omg snow leopard.

omg omg omg.

*watches your journal and eBay items intently*

Oh, I do still plan on trying to get you the Derwent or Mont Marte stuff -- I just need to go see what's available where and how much it's gonna cost to get it to you.
robertsloan2
Aug. 2nd, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
Purr thank you! I went windowshopping on the site you sent in your email and there's a lot of interesting Mont Marte stuff at jawdropping low prices. That blew me away! Never mind the AS pastels, those are easy to find. Though those Derwent pencils are devilishly hard to find, the hardest thing to find here... other than Mont Marte anything, that is.
robertsloan2
Aug. 2nd, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)
It's so cool to think that I can put a section into my coloured pencils workbook for Australians, one that uses mont marte for the exercise and explores how it handles compared to the other harder to get brands -- I'll bet it's insanely difficult getting Prismacolors down where you are.
notalwaysweak
Aug. 2nd, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
OH AND HINT HINT
Because I don't nag you at all...

The Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat is also endangered...
robertsloan2
Aug. 2nd, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
Re: OH AND HINT HINT
Oh, I wish I'd seen this yesterday. I'd have tried to find a photo reference- the listing doesn't have one, though I found one for the Common Wombat.

I am doing the ACEO YBAC this month on Animals-- Wildlife, so I could do the Common Wombat or the Hairy-Nosed Wombat for that one. Do you know of any public-domain images of the endangered one? I looked at the common one and I think it'll be pretty easy to paint and draw, may do that one as ink-and-watercolor.
notalwaysweak
Aug. 2nd, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
I can use Google Image Search to find you images but I won't know what's in the public domain and what's not.
robertsloan2
Aug. 2nd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Right, I should probably just do Google Search and hope, though Wikipedia images are sometimes in public domain. Since the official TW thing is over anyway, maybe doing the Common Wombat that does have a picture would be better.
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