Squidtoons was invited to design a poster for the Port of San Diego to highlight their employee's commitment to the environment. Employees wrote down how they help the environment, and we translated their post-it notes into illustrations on the poster board.
Later that month, we returned to perform a live-drawing session near the cafeteria. As we drew, folks stopped by for stickers, bookmarks, and to find out more about what Squidtoons does.
We snaped a picture every hour to document our progress.
We finally finished after 8 hours of hard work! Below are a few things we can all do to make our planet a better place.
Squidtoons will be on the walls of Scoops OC until the end of September, 2016.
Come check out our posters and purchase a limited edition poster!
Tried something new today. We drew two animals with the prey they readily consume. Note that this is not representative of their diet portions nor are the animals drawn to scale.
Many species of sharks eat fish, crustaceans, squid, clams or even worms! The diet of each species depends on its habitat, and its body and behavior have evolved to help it succeed.
The whale shark, aka the largest fish in the ocean, eats some of the ocean's smallest animals. Open-ocean crustaceans like krill and copepods are often caught in its gill rakers (Clark & Nelson, 1997; Duffy, 2002). Whale sharks have also been known to target fish and coral spawning events, where they slurp up an innumerable amount of eggs (Norman, 1999; Heyman et al., 2001).
White sharks are famous for their diet of charismatic marine creatures, such as dolphins and seals (Brodie and Beck, 1983; Corkeron et al., 1989). These predators may look ungainly, but thanks to their streamlined shape and incredible muscle mass, white sharks can launch their entire out of the water at about 35 km per hour (Martin & Hammerschlag, 2012)! Scientists found that white sharks hunt bat rays as well. Over a dozen stingers of the bat rays were found inside the shark's mouth (Observation by Shark Research Committee, 1985).
Do you like the design and want it on a t-shirt? You can get them from RoarThreads soon!
And if you have an idea you want us to draw? Send us an email =)
We were going to draw this on live television as a promotion for one of the outreach events we attended. Oh well, we'll get there one day =)
House Targaryen is famous for their dragons. Currently, Daenerys has three cool dragons. Concidentally, we too have three species of seadragon in the ocean! Seadragons are relatives to the more well-known seahorses. Like the seahorse, male seadragons carry and brood the babies until birth. The known species are the leafy seadragon, weedy seadragon, and ruby seadragon.
Leafy and weedy seadragons are endemic to the Australia's southern coastal waters. Endemic species are only found in one area, which may make them more vulnerable to extinction. This kind of sounds like the Targaryens, or what's left of them (ahem).
The ruby seadragon was only recently discovered. Judging from the bright red color, scientists believe this animal lives in deeper water than the leafy and weedy seadragons. However, scientists only have a few dead samples and aren't sure what the animals look like alive. Can you imagine what it could look like?
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Heck, even the three dragons have similar colors as the three seadragons. Drogon is red like the ruby seadragon, Rhaegal is green like the leafy seadragon, and Viserion is creamy white like ... part of the weedy seadragon.
Do seadragons breathe fire? No, but I'd like to imagine that they wish they could.
Are seadragons terrifying? No ... unless you are a tiny crustacean.
And if seadragons were the sigil of House Targaryen, they will certainly sound a lot less scary.