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A photo I took yesterday in Poland (I also made the rough sketch).
Yes I know, there are no Koalas in Poland but there is one in my
mind, struggling against extinction.

Koalas are in serious decline suffering from the effects of habitat
destruction, domestic dog attacks, bushfires and road accidents.
The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that there are less than
80,000 koalas left in the wild, possibly as few as 43,000.

There is arguably no legislation that effectively and/or consistently
protects koala habitat anywhere within Australia, not necessarily
because the legislation does not exist, but because there is not
always the political will to adequately resource, implement, police
and enforce such legislation...

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Save the Koalas!

A poem by Katie Gabrielle

I'm a koala
cute and stout
listen to this artist
and put the fire out!

I want to live!
So let me be
It's cold in Poland
So set me free!

How would you feel
If you were gone
And nobody cared
for very long.

I cannot speak
Koala bear
Just know
I'm here
And that I care.
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So this is my first time with critiques, but there is a first for everything so lets have a go at it. I saw this picture about 3 months ago and was like "How in the world does he do that?!" Well I am serious. Koalas are my favorite animal and just to see that someone has the same view about their endangeredment (is that a word?) as me really hits me hard. I personally respect your originality and seriously credit you on your view of the matter. I seriously am not just putting 5 stars for everything because I can, I mean it. I love this piece and it probably is one of my favorite that I have ever seen on the web. Keep up the good work (:
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Cartcoon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hurry smokey the bear save him
FLA-02 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one is just sad.

Koalas are my favorite animal and this piece of art just gets to me because I recognize the danger that koalas are in. It would be most unfortunate if they became extinct.
AliyaBloodHeart Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your pencil vs camera works, but this one to me is sad, it reminds me of a koala rescued after the fires (which devastated us in 2009) it has brang back a memmory, i cant remeber what they called the koala!
Very well done!
Ink-Splashy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your work and how you have even used this to your advantage. You have many watchers and this has got a great message across. Save the koalas! No one told me they were under threat untill I found this. You are a big inspiration for me. Because I draw and capture photo's for a hobby. I may not have been doing it for as long as you, but I know good art and photography when I see it.

In short-if you don't want to read the whole message-keep up the good work. :)

PurpleLuverForever Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wouldn't it suck, if like, the picture burned before you could get a picture? I really hope you made a copy otherwise!
GwendolynTennyson1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Wow! The Artwork is very inspring & it dose have a very inmporent message! "The Envroment is a very inmporent place in this world! With out it things will die! So Please look after our Plant & the animals will thank you"! "The would dose need more Eco-Worriers & people who care"! (I care)!
Tatar1992 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Geniaal! Maar als ik de commentaar niet had gelezen dacht ik eerder aan bosbrandingen en de koala's die er de dupe van zijn geworden :)
MoonlitG Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
This whole album is just incredible. I am obsessed with it. Omg, it's just, wow.
Underground-Rogue Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Writer
A stunning idea, beautifully portrayed.
Ember-Wolf365 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student General Artist
This is cute,I like the message :3

but why is it the paper on fire...?
LUCKYmoments Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Save the forest! :O
zendevil Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
so cute! i love that poem too
ARTLuver28 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
aww another artwork burnt :cry:
KaitlinDragon Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This image provokes emotion and spreads a positive image. I love people who use their artistic talent in ways that can help save the world.
loganonymous Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What a freaking cool concept! :D
BBKatsu1 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Oh that's just a wonderful concept, especially with the fire.... ♥
KaitoAozora Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011

Short, sweet, and significant.
Jinggo78 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
The Koala looks unconcerned. Hardly a struggle there. But I hope the Koalas will be okay.
sara-nmt Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you do it? do you take the photo , draw your sketch using the photo and then add the photo of your hand with your sketch in photoshop? or just take another photo with the sketch in it?
Liiza-b Featured By Owner May 25, 2011   Traditional Artist
i like :)
Zoeythebuglady Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh... sadness....
KylaxieLicious Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Poor Koalas :(
Nanakonomidori Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
I'm from poland :)
Hope You liked the forests there!
And amazing shot I really wonder how You managed to do it accurately. like traced the photo and did it again later or what? xD

And yes you have a good message coming there!
Riwyn Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
I love koalas... this pic is awesome... and sad....
Intro71292 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist
Amazing, beautiful piece. :heart:
I'm from Poland.:)
TheLastUnknown Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011   Photographer
Koala's are my absolute favorite animal and have been all my life seriously and I just hope they can recover and take back what is rightfully theres.
fight-fate Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. another powerful one! where do you get all of these ideas!? they are fantastic!
danineteen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
As an Australian who appreciates the the unique wildlife we have here, thank you for spreading the word on the endangerment to the koala species.
sax-playin-squid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great!
From an Australian, it's probably my favourite from this series, although it could have been bettered by putting it in the right environment - an Australian setting with the eucalyptus trees that Koalas live in perhaps? (I know how hard and expensive that would be though so it's completely understandable)

But hearing your concern for them, I think you'd be glad to hear there is a small not-for-profit Koala Hospital in my town that takes in sick and injured koalas found in the wild after being hit by cars or attacked by domestic animals (:
RebbleDiamonds Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
The concept is just...:heart: and you pulled it off perfectly ;)
Magenator Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
There seem to be plenty of koalas around my house XD did you know they growl? Well more like grunt... They keep me awake all night with their grunting >.> They are very cute though, especially the babies.
reallytallgrass Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
ooh, poland~ my favorite country.
LaceX-Foxypowow Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This really speaks to me. I did not now this about the koala and it breaks my heart that such cute animals are on the verge of extinction!
Cecilia-Of-Sweden Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
at first, I did not react that the background was not entierly "Authentic", but it works! You are more focused on the fire and then the Koala. A realy nice piece that could be featured in a deforestation or enviromental campaign! Really nice!
cow7dvd Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really good! In school right now we are doing a very big research paper, we have to do it about an environmental issue, and mine is deforestation. I was just wondering if i could use your picture for extra credit. I would of course give you proper credit, and it's okay if you refuse.
KirkMoore Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
You amagination is amazing awesome work!
vernaip Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
don't burn that cute koala!T^T
SelenaParthenopaeus Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What is horrible is the more humans that are born and live the less animals there are. More humans is bad for the animals that some people really love and care about. So the more human the less animals. :(
GenkoFox Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Student General Artist
Wonderful. Simply Wonderful.
The Genko is entertained not only by talented art but by the lovely poem.
xieo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
this is so sad D:
mongol2 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
i love your works...
please support our page on facebook...


its for our biodiversity campaign...TY:)
GoGreen101 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
You are a very cool artist. And the way you advertise the preservation of animals is just heroic.

Help us preserve BioDiversity, by liking this page if you have a Facebook account. Thank You So Much.

GoGreen101 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
um, sorry, actually it's this:

AztecPrincess333 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome poem! we need to take care more of our wildlife animals all animals...
AztecPrincess333 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work so true.
fivetinsoldiers Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Someone has already metioned this briefly, but the image brings powerful imagery to the front of my mind of the Black Saturday bushfires that claimed the lives of over 150 fellow Australians in early 2009. The media found hope in the image of koala, Sam, who was found in a terrible condition by firefighters. The photo of a firefighter giving Sam water from a water bottle was a message of endurance, but also of great suffering for all things involved, be they human or animal or tree. Your piece here, with the trees and fire and koala remind me of similar things. I very much like it, and find myself very moved but I don't know how to express what I feel. All this contextual knowledge is really strengthening the art. Wonderful.
DavidHunanyan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
if those where really your works imma your #1 fan
windowsforlife Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Must of been hard to take picture while on fire?
Alyly Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very good idea! :)
MonkeysJump Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
This whole series is great. You are very talented. This one in particular is very powerful.
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May 9, 2010, 3:23:43 PM