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Glum Rhinoceros

by Alexandra Davidoff

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At the CITES conference in Bangkok, Fundisile Mketeni of South Africa's environment ministry says it's time to talk about calling for a lifting of the ban on selling rhino horns, dubbing such discussion "rhino-conomics". Lifting the ban to make way for the legal sale of horn as an answer to stop the illegal slaughter of the rhino may remove the use of the term 'illegal' and replace it with 'legal', but at the end of the day that only leaves us the same problem with the addition of a few South Africans gaining wealth from the resulting business. Poaching is killing. Killing, legal or not legal, is killing plain and simple. There is no difference between legal slaughter and illegal slaughter and no solution to the controversy when part of the problem is that the people in power aren't really addressing the problem with logic in mind. When did the world get so illogically heartless?

Drawing with a basic 2HB pencil. Number 2 in the "Grey Fauna" series. See them all in detail here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/Grey-Fauna/9762151

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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Eric Fan commented on April 1, 2013 9:18am
sweet, original style!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on April 1, 2013 10:09am
Thank you so much Eric. That sort of feedback means a lot.
Jarod Octon commented on April 21, 2013 4:13pm
Rocksteady! Sorry, had a TMNT flashback. :) Great flowing lines. Looks great on the pillow.
Alexandra Davidoff commented on April 22, 2013 3:27am
Thanks Jarod. :)
Thubakabra commented on April 30, 2013 1:49am
Awsome!
I see the rhino, but there is so much more in it : )
Alexandra Davidoff commented on April 30, 2013 4:59am
Thank you so much Thubakabra.
Peter Gross commented on May 16, 2013 5:24pm
Great art!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on May 16, 2013 5:57pm
Thank you Peter!
KadetKat commented on May 25, 2013 10:32am
beautiful!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on May 25, 2013 12:28pm
Thank you!
SimonaMereuArt commented on June 24, 2013 12:24pm
The most beautiful rhino...and their sad story. I wish we could do something to save them...your art is touching.
Viviana Gonzalez commented on July 4, 2013 5:30am
kind of psychedelic, love it!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on July 4, 2013 6:13am
Thank you Simona and Viviana. :)
freefallflow commented on August 29, 2013 1:34am
all your drawings of this series are so beautiful! they look so soft and stylish. love your intention behind they, it makes it very personal and unique
Alexandra Davidoff commented on August 29, 2013 6:19am
Thank you freefallflow. Your words mean a lot to me. :)
Yetiland commented on September 12, 2013 10:17am
love it!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on September 12, 2013 10:36am
Thank you Yetiland! :)
Michael Dalla Costa commented on June 30, 2014 9:00am
Your animal drawings are amazing Alexandra, great images :-)
Alexandra Davidoff commented on June 30, 2014 10:36am
Thank you very much Michael.