• Beluga Whale

    Only 5-10% of a beluga whale’s time is spent at the surface of the water and they are rarely seen breaching.

  • Beluga Whale

    Beluga whales are among the most vocal species of cetaceans and use their vocalizations for echolocation, mating, and communication.

  • Beluga Whale

    Beluga whales have the most varied diet of any small whale feeding on over 100 species of fish and invertebrates, and their diet changes depending on season, location, and water temperature.

  • Beluga Whale

    Humans used to hunt beluga whales for skin, food, and oil, but now look to them for ecotourism and entertainment.

  • Beluga Whale

    Beluga whales have a very acute hearing, especially at higher frequencies, and can hear as well at 300m underwater as they can above water.

  • Beluga Whale

    Unlike other cetaceans that continuously replace skin, beluga whales undergo an annual epidermal molt and rub in estuaries to remove old skin and become more hydrodynamic.

  • Beluga Whale

    Beluga whales are the only whales capable of shaping their tongue and lips, a skill which they use to capture prey by suction and swallow it whole.

  • Beluga Whale

    The beluga whale has skin 10-100x thicker than other animals, and 50% of its body weight is made up of blubber in order to keep it warm in the freezing waters of the Arctic.

  • Beluga Whale

    Beluga whales have good vision, both, above and below the water, but most likely do not see much color, if any at all.

  • Beluga Whale

    Beluga whales mate from February-April and swim in harmony during courtship with the female swimming underneath the male, belly to belly.

Beluga Whale: Delphinapterus leucas

Draws With Kitties

With a peppy attitude and uplifting personality, Sofera is a traditional artist and hobbyist having fun creating art. Specializing in graphite, Copic-brand alcohol-based markers and colored pencils, otherwise known as “pencil crayons” in Sofera’s homeland of Canada, Sofera illustrates realistic animal portraits filled with vivid detail. She has also recently begun venturing into the creation of shadow box artworks.

With a multitude of talents, Denise Kristin is a 22-year-old graphic designer, independent traditional artist, and variety streamer from Singapore. Harboring a strong interest in wildlife and nature, Denise specializes in creating symmetrical achromatic illustrations of animals filled with intricate patterns and details. Mostly utilizing pencil for her works, she creates stunning masterpieces from one of the most simple drawing tools.

Bearded Vulture: Gypaetus barbatus

Shadowind

Constantly on the move, young graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, and web-developer, Dorelys Smits, also known as Adoris, finds herself going through Flemish, Belgium, the Netherlands, and all about the European continent. Born in Brussels, the capital of Belgium known as the melting pot of Europe, Dorelys currently resides in Dilsen, Belgium. As a self-taught, front-end web-developer, Dorelys enjoys working in multiple creative fields including illustration, drawing, digital art, design, web development, and even photography.

Happy World Penguin Day, everyone! World Penguin Day is an annual celebration of penguins that happens on April 25th of each year. This date coincides with the annual northward migration of penguins. Celebrate World Penguin Day with FaunaFocus this week!   Free-For-all Don’t forget about this month’s Free-For-All competition. Submit your African penguin-inspired artwork by 12:00pm (Noon) CDT on Friday, April 27th and tune in on Saturday, April 28th at 9:00pm CDT… Read More

Kirsty Dillon, also known as “Clarry” or “Clarrydoll,” is a full-time British artist and broadcaster currently working and residing in Manitoba, Canada. With a love of tea, dolls, and creativity, in general, she finds inspiration from nature, wildlife, and even mental health. Especially interested in birds and insects, her portfolio is filled with feathered, flapping subjects, such as blackbirds, owls, bees, butterflies, and even bats. About four times a week, Kirsty shares her creative passions on Twitch Creative with the goal of building a friendly community and making beautiful things for her viewers to enjoy.

African Penguin: Spheniscus demersus

Shane S. (Yodeldog)

March is nearly over! If you’ve created any dhole-inspired artwork, consider submitting it to the FaunaFocus Free-For-All monthly art competition where experienced judges critique submissions live on stream! The FaunaFocus Free-For-All is open to all and is intended to foster community-based learning while celebrating successes and encouraging artists to improve from discipline and criteria. This month’s Free-For-All winner will receive the following prizes: Artwork Feature: The winning artwork will be displayed prominently on FaunaFocus.com with the artist’s… Read More

Dhole: Cuon alpinus

TheMissFox

Green Turtle: Chelonia mydas

Shane S. (Yodeldog)

The first month of 2018 is almost gone! If you created any common palm civet inspired art, please consider submitting it to the FaunaFocus Free-For-All monthly art competition where three experienced judges will critique submissions live on stream! The FaunaFocus Free-For-All is open to all and is intended to foster community-based learning while celebrating successes and encouraging artists to improve from discipline and criteria. This month’s Free-For-All winner will receive the following prizes:… Read More

Happy new year, everyone! The end-of-the-year holiday season has come to a close, also bringing the conclusion of the first annual FaunaFocus Holiday Art Trade! A total of 19 participants joined in spreading holiday cheer, each creating an artwork that featured an animal species requested by another participant. Throughout the months of November and December, participants were surprised with beautiful artworks complimenting their favorite animals. With a variety of different media, technique,… Read More

Common Palm Civet: Paradoxurus hermaphroditus

Claire

With the holiday season and year coming to a close, it is time for everyone who participated in this year’s FaunaFocus Holiday Art Trade to submit the art created for the assigned person. The deadline to submit is quickly approaching, this Monday, January 1st, 2018 at 12:00pm (noon) CST. Please make sure to post your finished artwork on the FaunaFocus Discord Server in the #Holiday-Art-Trade channel and tag the recipient. Thank you… Read More

If you created any white rhinoceros-inspired art, consider submitting it to the FaunaFocus Free-For-All monthly art competition where experienced judges will critique submissions live on stream! The FaunaFocus Free-For-All is open to all and is intended to foster community-based learning while celebrating successes and encouraging artists to improve from discipline and criteria. This month’s Free-For-All winner will receive the following prizes: Artwork Feature: The winning artwork will be displayed prominently on FaunaFocus.com with the artist’s display… Read More

White Rhinoceros: Ceratotherium simum

Draws With Kitties

Axolotl: Ambystoma mexicanum

Claire

The holiday season is approaching and FaunaFocus wants to spread the cheer! Throughout the months of November and December, FaunaFocus will be hosting a Holiday Art Trade and all are welcome to join! Surprise someone with an animal-themed artwork of their choice and receive an artwork, yourself, “Secret Santa” style!   GET INVOLVED Sign Up: Submit your contact information and the animal you’d like drawn for you using the form below. Receive Email:… Read More

October Free-For-All Submission Deadline This Sunday

Stephen Michael Scott II is a self-taught freelance illustrator originally from Middletown, Ohio, but currently working from Southeast Michigan. Legally blind in his right eye, he has adopted the name “Blind Coyote.” Stephen specializes in imaginative, yet realistic, illustrations featuring fantastical animal creatures in a variety of light-filled environments. He also enjoys creating anthropomorphic characters inspired by wildlife. An avid student of the arts, Stephen enjoys studying animal anatomy and sketching to… Read More

Red Panda: Ailurus fulgens

Ashereast

If you created any tiger-inspired art, consider submitting it to the FaunaFocus Free-For-All monthly art competition where experienced judges critique submissions live on stream! The FaunaFocus Free-For-All is open to all and is intended to foster community-based learning while celebrating successes and encouraging artists to improve from discipline and criteria. This month’s Free-For-All winner will receive the following prizes: Artist Feature: The winning artwork will be displayed prominently on FaunaFocus.com with the artist’s preferred display name… Read More

Louis Herlihy has been working as a freelance designer for the past year and a half and is notoriously known for working on digital art and design pieces in the dead of night. Currently working on a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in graphic design at Indiana University Southeast, he finds himself influenced by a wide range of creatives, ranging from the minimalist, conservative Paul Rand, to the experimental and attitude-rooted Stefan… Read More