Right now conservation is critical. Species are under threat and so is the rich biodiversity of our planet. We won’t stand back and we won’t give up. We’re in this together. We strongly believe that every one of us can help and together we can make a big difference.
So starts the introduction to the Act for Wildlife campaign, led by Chester Zoo.
And they’re right. We can’t stand back. We won’t give up. But what do we do?
If you are Sean and Sheryl Webster, an illustrator and author from Liverpool, you set up Draw for Animals. Their idea is a simple one: artists and illustrators create new A4 illustrations of an animal of their choice, to be auctioned to raise money for the Act for Wildlife campaign.
The illustrators have illustrated. The artists have art-ed. Now it’s your turn.
The online auction is being held on 1 August and this is your chance to bid for an original illustration of your choice. You can see a selection of the available artwork on the Draw for Animals website and you can get involved in the auction on Tuesday to bid for the piece you would like to own.
One piece that’s not currently on display on the Draw for Animals site is this one:
This is my contribution to the auction: a digital painting of a camel. Although the painting was completed a little while ago, my printers have been experiencing issues with their fine art printer, meaning that the physical print (giclee printed on 308gsm archival quality paper) only arrived this week. Please rest assured that it has now been dispatched northwards and is available to be bought as part of this auction.
You can see how it came together in this short video:
Let’s not kid ourselves that this is all we should be doing to conserve the wonderful diversity of life on this planet. But don’t underestimate the good this can do either. Already, many artists have come together to donate their time and creativity to this cause, and now it’s time to raise some money to help the work that Chester Zoo is undertaking.
Assess the artwork, peruse the prints, inspect the illustrations. Then dust off your bidding fingers and get ready to grab yourself a piece of original artwork on 1 August.
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My wife and I are taking part in two open water swimming events this summer, in support of the Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer. We would love it if you could sponsor us. We’re one down and one to go – Plymouth Breakwater Swim is next on 13 August.