Work In Progress: Melomys Cartoon for Wildlife Australia Magazine

Wildlife Australia Magazine by Wildlife Queensland featuring cartoon by Edd Cross Wildlife Australia Magazine by Wildlife Queensland featuring cartoon by Edd Cross

Wildlife Australia Magazine Cartoon Work In Progress

Here are a couple of photos from my work in progress for the Wildlife Queensland Magazine cartoon.  Over the past couple of months ideas went back and forth with the magazine editor to endeavour to produce the cartoon that would compliment the article, Learning form Loss, the best.

There were plenty of angles and directions this could have gone in.  The article focuses on three animals that have become extinct in recent times and suggests that inquests should be made on their deaths, like humans, so that we can learn and protect future wildlife that are under threat.

My initial concepts ranged from animals holding an inquest through to scenes in heaven.  But we always came back to a scene of pair of melomys stranded in open water as their story is the first mammal to become extinct due to raising sea levels from climate change.

The article points out that if we had known about the state of the melomys, one preservation action could have been to determine a captive breeding program for them, so my cartoon features the final pair of stranded melomys submitting their online application for the breeding program, before it is too late.

So here are a coupe of photos of the original drawing and photoshop colouring in for you 🙂

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