Normally I'd talk only about the art.
Saw on the news that black rhino's have been declared exinct.
When I was young I'd read about the dodo, sea cows and tasmanian tigers with horror and wondered how.
Of course we know why with rhino's- all for the vanity of some chinese and the murderers willing to supply them. Why didn't the chinese farm the rhinos?-Well their punishment now is to be forever flaccid- but I suppose there's some other hapless species they'll pick on instead.
These are dark times- in mass extinction events its all the big creatures that go first.
What's the link to art/illustration?
Well -we dull the pain,
we distract and amuse so its bearable (anyone with young kids knows how distraction helps them when they are hurt).
But as someone who loves all those magnificent african animals- there's a hole there now, and a fear that all these beautiful creatures will be consigned to the world of dragons.