A Polar Bear  Art Print

Art Print

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: 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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