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In which I draw semi-okay and show you the pictures

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Oh gods! Haribon did not tell me to do this, I promise! It’s just I didn’t have anything else to write and this seemed like fertile material. On the other hand, since this is what I’ll be discussing, let me take this opportunity to pimp out our fun run.

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Last week, somebody at work convinced me to draw a few pictures for the Million Hectare Challenge ads. And before you say anything about the grave error in their part for asking me – somebody who is not a professional artist – to do it, they did intend to get amateur and home-made drawings from Haribon Members, so that’s ok. Anyways, I was asked to draw three wildlife species for the ads.

I sometimes geek out on a particular project and devote a lot of effort into it for no reason in particular, other than the satisfaction of obsessing over something. That is definitely what happened here, and so I figured I might as well show the pics.

The first one is of the Philippine Hanging Parrot, also known as Colasisi (as in the poem-games of the olden times for the Bisaya). Loriculus philippensis is a small parrot endemic to the Philippines (surprise, surprise) and it lives in forest areas. It’s quite common, actually. I’ve seen more than a few in the many birdwatching trips that I’ve been in, and I’ve seen many being caged as pets in houses and illegal vendor’s stores.

My right wrist was really aching by the end of drawing this one, and this was only the first of three. I don’t own a digital pen-thingy, so I had make do with a mouse. It was quite fun though, and I’m glad of how it turned out since this was my first time to paint anything remotely realistic. You will note that the background suffers from lack of detail, something that is common for all three drawings. That’s because I get tired after having drawn the subjects themselves and just went “oh to hell with it…” and did a few strokes for the scenery.

The second Philippine wildlife species that I had to illustrate was the Philippine Pond Turtle, Siebenrockiella leytensis. It is a species of turtle that has been found in Leyte and Palawan but has not recently been observed in the wild. For this painting, I decided to be a bit creative and use leaves. I thought this was going to save time compared to the intricate brushwork of the Colasisi, but sadly, this was not the case. However, I’m quite happy with the result, except for the silly wave pattern in the background.

Lastly there is the charismatic Leopard Cat, Prionilaurus bengalensis. This species is not endemic to the Philippines but can also be found in continental Asia and archipelagic Southeast Asia. I was a bit pressed for time at this point so I decided to just have a rough, sketchy style kintahay.

I really do hope this was not too ugly

Anyways, that is that. I just thought it would be interesting to share some of the Philippine wildlife with you guys. I think many Filipinos, when asked what species they associate with the words “wild animal”, would think of exotic wild animals like Lions and Giraffes. I think it’s time we at least know of our own wildlife. Goodness knows, at the rate we’re going, we won’t be having a lot of them for much longer.

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People in Manila, please join the Million Hectare Challenge on November 25. Thank you.

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Written by rubiscodisco

November 9, 2012 at 12:07 am

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