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A Polar Bear

by Alexandra Davidoff

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I read a bit of sad and puzzling news that inspired me make a random illustration of a polar bear. Yeah, when an artist feels emotional, she gets out her pencil.

Canada - home to two thirds of the world's remaining polar bears and the only nation allowing exports of polar bear skins, teeth and paws - argues that "there is not enough scientific evidence to show they are in danger of population collapse" and that there are already "strict rules to ensure hunting is sustainable". The US, backed by Russia and 38 other nations at the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species in Bangkok proposed an export ban on this horrible and barbaric practise. 42 countries voted against the ban, and 46 abstained. However, the controversy gets insane just when the WWF (the World Wildlife Fund) steps up to support Canada's position on the polar bear export ban. Yes, the WWF, an organization who's central mission is to conserve the world's biological diversity, to protect animals in danger of extinction, defends Canada's polar bear hunt despite the fact that polar bears are indeed on the endangered species list! I'm in disbelief. How can an organization that claims to defend endangered animals do this? You cannot say climate change is the one and only demon at fault of the polar bear's population decline and the one and only threat to their future livelihood. Not when the poor majestic creatures are being hunted for skins and trophies.

Drawing with a basic 2HB pencil. Number 1 in the "Grey Fauna" series. See them all in detail here:

My intention with this series is to show these fantastical creatures in a serene fashion, drained of all colour. 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 of these creatures are facing a troubling decline in number on our planet. That culprit being humanity's burning need for acquiring more than they really need, better known as 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 became more intimate and emotional, and maybe a little sad to reflect my feelings for the animals themselves.

Illustration copyright ©2013 Alexandra Davidoff. All Rights Reserved. Copying, altering, editing, displaying/redistribution of this illustration without permission is strictly prohibited.

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Kurt Rahn commented on March 10, 2013 11:08am
EbiEmporium commented on March 15, 2013 11:10am
Lovely work! Great details!~
Alexandra Davidoff commented on April 20, 2013 11:51am
Thank you both.
Jarod Octon commented on April 21, 2013 4:10pm
Great detail on the fur!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on April 22, 2013 3:28am
Thanks Jarod!
antoniopiedade commented on May 21, 2013 11:40am
Alexandra Davidoff commented on May 21, 2013 12:35pm
Richard Eijkenbroek commented on June 17, 2013 12:45pm
Awww, such a sweet beer!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on June 17, 2013 2:24pm
Thank you Richard. :3
Nikola Nupra commented on June 26, 2013 11:03am
Such a sad story-telling but a wonderful works that reflects those feelings and ideas.
Alexandra Davidoff commented on June 26, 2013 11:22am
Thank you Nikola.
Peter Gross commented on July 3, 2013 4:49pm
Very nice, Alexandra!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on July 4, 2013 1:18am
Thank you Peter. :)
Amanda commented on July 14, 2013 7:38pm
Love this!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on July 15, 2013 3:21am
Thank you Amanda!
Eirin Wie Haveland commented on July 27, 2013 3:13pm
Fantastic art!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on July 28, 2013 2:27pm
Thank you Eirin!
NurRahman commented on August 29, 2013 1:41pm
Durky-expression, much?
I like. :3
Alexandra Davidoff commented on August 29, 2013 1:50pm
Yetiland commented on September 12, 2013 10:19am
I love the whole set, beautifully done!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on September 12, 2013 10:37am
Thank you so much Yetiland! :)
Steve Purnell commented on October 9, 2013 6:43am
These are awesome drawings
Alexandra Davidoff commented on October 9, 2013 8:17am
Thank you very much Steve.
Misty Jayne commented on November 1, 2013 6:13am
Very nice animal portrait!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on November 1, 2013 8:02am
Thank you Misty Jayne.
Epoque Graphics commented on February 3, 2014 6:26am
Wonderful piece!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 3, 2014 2:26pm
Thank you Epoque Graphics. :)
Tyler Spangler commented on February 10, 2014 10:42am
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 10, 2014 11:18am
Thank you Tyler.
Helenasia commented on April 25, 2014 1:59pm
Ya know what? I give up. There are just too many amazing artists out there! I'm never gonna make it! I LOVE YOUR BEAR.
Alexandra Davidoff commented on April 25, 2014 3:19pm
Thank you Helenasia. But please, never give up. Every artist has their own point of view, their own visual story to tell. Every artist is special!
Helenasia commented on April 25, 2014 3:44pm
Thank you:) some days I get inspired by other artists and some days I end up overwhelmed... Thanks for the kind words, youve turned it around for me today!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on April 25, 2014 7:18pm
I'm happy to hear that. :)
Antoine commented on June 1, 2014 1:02pm
lovely bear
Alexandra Davidoff commented on June 2, 2014 4:47am
Thank you Antoine.
Daisy Beatrice commented on June 7, 2014 6:01am
Beautiful bear, and a very touching story. Well done. :)
Alexandra Davidoff commented on June 8, 2014 5:52am
Thank you Daisy.