Today is a Penguin Awerness Day today! And in the name of that I decided to draw these 2 cute penguins. It was such a fun project. I tried a new Procreate brush to make this drawing and I love how it all turned out. swipe for a color version.
Practicing new technique or a tool definitely makes me grow as an artist and I love the feeling at the end.
To celebrate the Penguin Awerness Day I wanted to share with you some threats these birds are facing now from penguins-world.com:
Penguins are slow and clumsy animals on land, reproduce at ages older than other birds, usually lay 1 or 2 eggs per clutch and are very susceptible to changes in climate. The species most vulnerable to threats are those that live near the coasts because they are at the expense of more predators and the consequences of human activities.
In this sense, a threat is any factor that contributes to endangering the life of penguins. There are many, but the main ones are:
Penguin hunting lasted several centuries from their discovery, to obtain from them fat, flesh, skin, feathers and occasionally bones and fins.
Penguins have had to endure that many species of fish and squid are common targets of the fishing industry, so food availability is reducing for them.
It is no secret that global temperatures have been rising for several years, which has caused an increase in the level of the oceans, the melting of sea ice and glaciers and the decline in food sources of some animals, that will affect penguins.
Ocean water is often contaminated with trash from ships or dragged from the coast by currents, which, in addition to damaging the balance of marine water that disrupts penguins’ prey life, it can directly affect them. On many occasions, carcasses have been found with plastic trash in their stomach or entangled in his body.
It is not common in Antarctica, but in some areas where artisanal fishing is common, some penguins may get accidentally trapped in the nets.
In some regions, penguin habitats are being altered by the construction of roads, bridges and other types of buildings, reducing the natural space to which they are adapted to live.