Trophy Game. 8” x 11”, drawing with a basic 2HB pencil, number nine in the Grey Fauna series.
Each portrait in the Grey Fauna series is drawn with only a 2HB pencil as part of a socio-environmental message against the wasteful desires of humanity which have threatened the natural livelihood of this earth’s many majestic creatures. Using only a simple writing pencil to draw them is my way of making a statement against what I feel may be one of the culprits responsible for why so many creatures on this earth are facing a troubling decline in number. That culprit being humanity’s burning need for acquiring more than they really need - humanity’s greed. The stress humans have put upon these creatures though pollution, habitat destruction, and in the case of the more exotic creatures, trophy hunting, all stem from humanity’s unquenchable thirst and hunger to have what they don’t need to have. Humanity’s always testing limitations, and while that makes for promising technology, it doesn’t serve nature well at all. How does this relate to a basic drawing tool, you ask? The key is in the word “basic”. By drawing these animal portraits with a basic tool I’m challenging myself to make use of simple resources while suppressing my hunger to reach for the fabled “more”. As a result, the series becomes more intimate and emotional, and maybe a little sad to reflect my feelings for the animals themselves.