Drawings for Africa

African Savanna Elephants Grazing

Background

In 2011, I came across an article addressing the severity of elephant poaching in Africa. Captivated by the plight of the elephant, I began to read about them. I read books by Cynthia Moss, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, David Western, and Richard Leakey. I read articles about poaching, and watched videos and documentaries.

Inspired to get involved, I began working on a series of small drawings that I intended to sell in an effort to raise money to help elephants. Not knowing what I was doing, I started several drawings, only to discover that the photographer whose photographs I was using did not approve of the use of his images.

At the same time, my concern for the condition of African wildlife led me back to college, where I studied wildlife and geospatial science. Caught up in the rigor of my coursework, I shelved the art project, with the intention of coming back to it.

Today, the Drawings for Africa art project, marks the culmination of nearly four years of traditional and personal education. It is my hope that the knowledge and skills that I have learned along the way, will enable me to contribute to the protection of Africa’s megafauna.

Initial Test Drawings

The Project

Drawings for Africa is a mixed media project, integrating drawing, graphic design, and various other art forms. The aim is to capture the essence of the animals depicted, while accentuating those features that make them so beautiful, and so captivating. Additional media integrated into each piece, are intended to address the threats and severity of human-induced impacts upon these animals.

A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of artwork will go to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Additional donations may go to the Amboseli Trust for Elephants and Save the Elephants. These organizations have been selected because their founders and/or directors have demonstrated a commitment of several decades to the protection and rehabilitation of African Wildlife.

If you are interested in watching the progression of Drawings for Africa, please visit my blog, where I post updates, pictures and videos, and other information related to the project. To receive email updates, please use the “Follow” button in the right sidebar of this page. If you are viewing this website on a mobile device, the “Follow” button is provided further down on this page. You can also follow me on Instagram.

To learn more about African and Asian elephants, check out the About Elephants page.

To get involved, or make donations, please visit the Help Elephants page.

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An estimated 27,000 African elephants are killed each year to feed the illicit trade in ivory.1 In the early 20th century, the total population may have numbered 3-5 million.2 The current population is estimated at 350,000-415,000 wild individuals across 37 African countries.1,2 The African elephant is currently listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). While the African elephant is not at immediate risk of extinction, there is growing concern as poaching, habitat loss and fragmentation, and human-elephant conflict threaten regional populations across Africa.

1 Steyn, Paul. “African Elephant Numbers Plummet 30 Percent, Landmark Survey Finds.” National Geographic. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/wildlife-african-elephants-population-decrease-great-elephant-census/
2 African Elephant. World Wildlife Fund, 2017. http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/elephants/african_elephants/
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