• Hawksbill Turtle

    The entire hawksbill turtle nesting process takes roughly 1-3 hours in which the turtles dig pits, lay their eggs, then cover the nests and return to the sea.

  • Hawksbill Turtle

    Only about 1 in 1,000 hawksbill turtles will survive to adulthood because they must scramble to the ocean, directly after hatching, while avoiding predators.

  • Hawksbill Turtle

    Hawksbill turtles are believed to be guided inland to their nesting beaches by magnetic fields and the lunar phases and positioning of the moon.

  • Hawksbill Turtle

    Hawksbill turtles are primarily spongivorous in the Caribbean, omnivorous in the Indo-Pacific and Great Barrier Reef, and more herbivorous in Australia.

  • Hawksbill Turtle

    Hawksbill turtles are preyed on by humans, sharks, crocodiles, large fish, and octopi, and their nests are robbed by dogs, raccoons, rats, and humans.

  • Hawksbill Turtle

    Humans have become the hawksbill turtle’s major predator by eating the turtle and its eggs, as well as illegally hunting them to sell their scutes.

  • Hawksbill Turtle

    Temperature may determine the sex of hawksbill turtles, as cooler environments hatch more males and warmer nests hatch more females.

  • Hawksbill Turtle

    Tortoiseshell, the carapace scutes and plastron of the hawksbill turtle, has been prized and traded since ancient times.

  • Hawksbill Turtle

    Researchers tag nesting female hawksbill turtles in order to document population estimates, nest slaughters, and total number of egg clutches.

  • Hawksbill Turtle

    Hawksbill turtles have seen an increase in the Caribbean, but protection of the turtle in both terrestrial and marine habitats is still needed throughout much of the world.

The second FaunaFocus 24-Hour Host Train has come to an end! FaunaFocus partnered with the WWF-Australia‘s Wild-Livestream event and featured 11 different artists on Twitch over the course of 24 hours spanning the entirety of Saturday, October 20th. Each artist created artwork inspired by sea turtles, most focusing on the endangered green turtle and the critically endangered hawksbill turtle. Together, viewers and artists were able to raise $836 (including Mehvaro fundraising $185… Read More

FaunaFocus had another successful stream event on Twitch in support of the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Wild-Livestream 2018 campaign! On October 19th, 2018, FaunaFocus hosted a CreateAlong featuring the hawsbill turtle. Using ballpoint pen and dried watercolor cakes, Noelle M. Brooks gave viewers a step-by-step view into how she creates realistic illustrations in ink and watercolor. Starting with a ballpoint sketch, she walked participants through using light, gentle strokes to create construction… Read More

FaunaFocus is hosting its second charity event on Saturday, October 20th, another 24-Hour Host Train taking place on Twitch!   FaunaFocus Sea Turtle Host Train FaunaFocus is teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help save the endangered green turtle and critically endangered hawksbill turtle. The event will start Saturday morning at 12:00am (midnight) Central Daylight Time and continue for a full 24 hours. 10 different artists will be featured,… Read More

FaunaFocus had its first stream event on Twitch in support of the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Wild-Livestream 2018 campaign! On October 13th, 2018, FaunaFocus hosted a SketchAlong featuring the hawsbill turtle. Studying several different positions of the turtle, including a side profile, top-down view, and even an extreme close-up of the reptile’s beautiful eye, viewers were given step-by-step instructions by Noelle M. Brooks on how to use photographic references to create anatomically-correct… Read More

FaunaFocus is once again teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and hosting another 24-hour charity host train in order to help save sea turtles around the world, including this month’s featured species, the critically endangered hawksbill turtle and February’s FaunaFocus, the endangered green turtle!   WWF Sea Turtle Wild-Livestream FaunaFocus will be participating in the WWF Wild-Livestream 2018 campaign from October 13th to October 28th, 2018. Donations can be made… Read More

Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Mahle Lynn

FaunaFocus has had another successful SketchAlong! Several viewers tuned in for the Twitch livestream on September 14th, 2018, and sketched along with Noelle M. Brooks as she led them through the proportions and anatomy of the Virginia opossum. Focusing on several different positions of the opossum, such as its well-known “playing possum” death feinting behavior, each participant worked with their own materials and interpreted the photographic references in their own recognizable style…. Read More

Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)

Kylart

FaunaFocus recently focused on the spectacled bear during another SketchAlong. During a Twitch livestream, Noelle M. Brooks led viewers through exploring the proportions and anatomy of the spectacled bear. Starting with a full-body illustration, the study was then guided through the unique facial differences between several bear species, and concluded with a close-up of the bear’s enormous paws. FaunaFocus Calendar

Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus)

Danji Isthmus

Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)

ActivateAngel

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.

FaunaFocus has had its first SketchAlong! Several viewers tuned in for the Twitch livestream and sketched along with Noelle M. Brooks as she led them through the proportions and anatomy of the African penguin. Using digital materials, ink, and graphite, everyone expressed their own perspective of this peculiar avian. FaunaFocus Calendar

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