And now to my dream projects. I want to do a series of paintings and illustrations about the recently extinct animals. According to IUCN, this means all animal species that went extinct after 1500. That is the date were the exploring of nature and the conquest of America, Africa and Asia started. My approach is a less extremly naturalistic one but more a surrealistic one.
I connect the extinct animal species with their causes of extinction in a more magical realistic way or a allegorical way if you view it that way. Later on, I extend this approachh also to domestic animals like extinct dog breeds and even extinct tribes.
The most famous examples for that are the Tasmanians. I already made several sketches and studies for this project and one artwork got already sold on an exhibition in Seattle USA. So this positive feedback gives me plenty of confidence to move on with this project. Here are some examples of my works that include distinct animal species, subspecies, domestic animals and extinct tribes (in this case Fanny Cochrane Smith with the Tasmanian Tiger).
|The last Tasmian Tiger. This was more part|
of my original one sketch a day sketchdiary.
On this day it was the anniversary that the
last Tasmanian Tiger, later named "Benjamin"
died in the Zoo of Hobart, on Tasmania
|The Honshu-Wolf, the smallest wolf subspecies.|
That was an effect of island dwarfism. I
went on hiatus after this drawing, because
I was pretty bummed over the fact that
Fukushima happened only 2 days after
I drew the Waving Cat with broken
|The Harlequin Pinscher. The breed suffered|
several health issues including deafness,
blindness, neurological problems. I
recently got an angry comment, because
I oppose the merle to merle breeding,
which is pretty risky.
|Lonesome George. The last of his subspecies|
Pinta Giant Tortoise. If the Dodo is the saint
of all extinct animal species, George is now
the saint of all extinct animal subspecies.
|The Syrian Wildass. One of the too many species to die out due to overhunting.|
|Sketch of the stuffed Quagga at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt.|
The quagga was a subspecies from the Plain's zebra. And even this
status is in question as genetic research suggests that the species
seperated only a few 10.000 years ago.
|The Carolina Parakeet. The only parakeet species of North|
America. I was amazed to find a taxidermy of this extinct
parakeet at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt.
|The Pied Raven of the Faroean Isles. I sent this painting|
to an exhibition about ravens at KrabJab Studio in
Seattle. And it got sold!
|The Schomburgk's Deer. I just learned that the|
Thai name of this beautiful animal is
Saman. The last captice deer is said to have
been bludgeoned to death by a drunkard.
I included the tribes into my collection also to remember of the infamous practise of so called Human Zoos in zoological gardens back in the 19th century until well into the early 20th century. You could there visit and watch people from all over the world like exotic animals. The zoological gardens even rebuilt african villages or native american villages. The people came because of the promise of a good income to support their families back home. But often people at this exhibits fell victims to illnesses their immune system was not able to cope with, some of them even died of home sickness.
You can see some more entries about the extinct animals on my own weblog under the label Lost Zoo.
Another project is of course my long running webcomic idea about the Phantom of the Opera. After twenty years of researching, I changed the idea to a modern day setting that takes place mostly in Germany. Because I am most familiar with the modern day insanties in Germany. But because I talked so much about the extinct animals, I keep this dream project short and just post a more recent artwork. :)
And there are so much more dream projects of mine. Like one day I want to illustrate a dinosaur book, because dinosaurs are just awesome!!
So, it doesn't seem that I'll run out of ideas any time soon. :)