The brown pelican and the green sea turtle are just two examples of wildlife in grave danger as a result of the B.P. oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. These tiny (2.5″ x 3.5″) sketches are pen and ink on colored card stock. My original drawings, along with many other creations, are available for a $10.00 donation at Ripple Sketches, a blog started by artist Kelly Light, which I found out about by way of Illustration Friday. The blog seeks artists’ submissions of their own art works to be sold to the public, with 100% of the proceeds going to two organizations that are working to save wildlife in the gulf and to assess the damage the spill is causing: the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and the International Bird Rescue Research Center. This is a very small contribution toward helping address what is becoming understood to be the worst man-caused environmental disaster in history.
Kelly Light has it right when she says, “We don’t have to feel helpless. We can help. Our small actions together will ripple outward.”