I’ll admit, I got a little teary-eyed after looking at this picture. Please don’t let the Vaquita follow in the footsteps of its unfortunate cousin, the Baiji. You can help by purchasing a t-shirt here: https://campaign.customink.com/savethevaquita.
Using my own artwork, I have created a new Vaquita t-shirt with Custom Ink. Thanks to a comment by Karle from Custom Ink, I have discovered the Campaign feature. It is basically what I thought the Signup Sheet was originally. I have created a campaign, so now anyone in the world can purchase one and get it right to their door. The campaign ends on June 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm, and 100% of profits will go to the Vaquita. Please buy one and tell everyone you know to do the same, so I can reach my goal of 50 shirts sold! Post it on Facebook and Twitter, too! Here is the campaign: https://campaign.customink.com/savethevaquita. Thanks.
Memuco is, to put it mildly, awesome. He agreed to illustrate the cover of my book a while ago, and yesterday he sent me the finished products. He didn’t just do one, he did four. All four are the greatest Vaquita paintings I have ever seen. It was so hard to pick one for the cover, but I finally chose a beautiful painting of a mother and calf. But I will definitely use all of them for various purposes in the future. I don’t want to post them yet due to copyright reasons, but take my word for it that they are unbelievable. The book should be published by the end of the summer.
I am going to give a sneak peek of the illustrations that are going to be in my book. The picture below is going to be for the “Appearance” chapter of the book. Also, William Whittenbury from the Muskwa Club has asked to use this picture for the introduction of one of their movies! I will post the movie series when it is completed. It promises to be awesome. Also, I will post some of the many drawings, posters, and projects my siblings and I have done in the past few years when I can.
I want to give a huge tribute to the amazing Mexican artist Memuco. His beautiful work has raised much awareness and money for the Vaquita over the last few years. His art is absolutely amazing. Please look him up or search him on this blog to see some of the things he has done. He has also been very kind to me, even volunteering to illustrate part of my chapter book!
I would also like to thank the awesome people at ¡Viva Vaquita!, Cetos, Save the Whales!, CEDO, the American Cetacean Society Monterey Bay Chapter, WWF, earthOCEAN, NOAA, and many more that I forgot the names of for working so hard to protect this amazing creature and for answering all of my questions.
I would finally like to thank Dr. Tom Jefferson for replying to every email I have sent him since I was ten. I remember when I used to send him about 5 emails a day. I have no idea how he stayed so patient with me. He has always been my #1 resource on Vaquita info.
All of these people and organizations have played a huge part in inspiring me to do this blog and all of the other stuff that I’ve done over the last 3 years. I feel like I know all of these people so personally, yet I have never met any one of them. One day I hope to meet you awesome humans.
Recently I began playing around with the very basic computer art program, Microsoft Paint. Last week I did this 20-minute doodle:
Yesterday I did a much better painting (though it literally took 17 times longer to do) of a Vaquita’s face:
My brother and I have done a lot of hand-drawn illustrations for my book lately, but I won’t show those just yet. My brother is working on an Orca painting on the same computer program, and I promised him I would post it when he finished, so look out for that soon.
First, I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays.
Second, check this article about saving cetaceans from a different perspective.
And third, I was browsing through Google images when I found this really cool Vaquita painting. I clicked on it and I came upon this awesome website called Reuben is My Middle Name. The creator, Daniel Young, has this book, An A-Z of Weird and Wonderful Wildlife from Around the World, which has the Vaquita as V! His illustrations have an Eric Carle feel with tons of mystery and the feeling that you are inside the painting. I love his work.
I have been meaning to post pictures of all of the Vaquita projects/drawings my siblings and I have done in the past year, so look out for those soon!
Check out these awesome pictures from the ¡Viva Vaquita! Facebook page!
Another beautiful Vaquita painting by Memuco, again featuring his special character, the Silent One. His work will be on display from September 22 to October 14 at an exhibition, http://iam8bit.com/the-gallery/the-silent-one/. If you are in the LA area during that time, be sure to pay all due respect to our favorite artist!
A very interesting painting by Memuco. Oil on cardboard.
“Their Last Talk”