I am excited that I am able to announce the launch of the Endangered Creature Alphabet! This is a project I have been wanting to talk about for ages, but until now I've had to keep it a secret. Now, however, the project is live, and I am finally able to tell you all a little more about it! :]
The Endangered Creature Alphabet is a collaborative project which was initiated and organised by Creature Mag. The project celebrates 26 of the many thousands of species under threat with collection of 26 illustrations by 26 different artisits- one animal was chosen for each letter of the alphabet. As Matt Witt explains, the aim of the project was to 'bring together a group of artists to create something that would highlight the plight of endangered species and hopefully enlighten and educate some minds.'
I was one of the 26 artists chosen to illustrate an endangered species, and I was given the letter N, the chosen animal for this letter being the Northern Spotted Owl. It was a lovely animal to illustrate, with beautiful intricately patterned feathers which were amazing to try and bring to life using collage.
The final outcome of the project is an E-book - an illustrated collection of threatened species. It contains all 26 illustrations, along with an insightful foreword by John Farndon, and a scale which explains the different risk categories which highlight the level of risk that each animal is currently at.
Other artists involved in the project include Kerri-Ann Hulme, Tia Eastwood, Anna-Jane Searle and Emily May Hopgood, and the E-book is full of some really beautiful illustrations. Personally, I really enjoyed this project -the final outcome is an amazing example of collaborative work, and was definitely worth the wait.