Poaching runs rampant in Africa. As Rangers and Poachers vie for control of the last endangered animals in Africa another conflict rages on the West Coast of America.
California is being hit with the worst drought in the states history. Temperatures are reaching record highs with no rain in sight. The agriculture industry is on it’s last leg as the major cities centers draw more and more water away from the farmland to sustain the many millions within their limits. As lawmakers and politicians debate the situation the environment reaches a tipping point.
In the summer of 2156 massive wildfires ignite across the state threatening towns and cities both large and small. The parched landscape is prime for some of the largest and most destructive fires on record.
Stretched to the limit, the California Fire Service scrambles to deploy teams across the state to combat the fires before they can reach major civilian centers. Mobilizing both local and state fire units as well as volunteers they battle the inferno to protect both the land and the livelihoods of the people.
Deployed in the field with them are advanced drones in the shape of local wildlife. They bring much needed assistance to the field, but will they be enough?
Another idea in the works.
elisah1234 said: I found your blog like just now and i am so excited about this .you made the day that was going so terribly before, love the art style and how you seem to want to help the animals who are being poached and stuff,i hope all goes well for you. Any chance im allowed to attempt to write a thing base on one of the art things i dont even know i love them ahhhh and send it to you? (Fanfics ahhhh)
Go for it. I hope my images can provide some high quality fuel for your imagination. I’ll let you be the judge of that :)
The bitter cold stung her face as she reached the peak. The repeated gusts of wind from the drone landing behind her didn’t help. Once the great Eagle situated itself the pair looked over the steppe with sharp eyes. The various herds of goats, sheep, horses, camels, and yaks from the nomads looked like ants against the great snow covered peaks on the other end of the valley. Nothing out of the ordinary to report.
Temulin and her Eagle drone had the responsibility of watching over the Nomads and protecting the herds from bandits. With international relations crumbling in Central Asia the Border Defense Force played a pivotal role in maintaining the integrity of the Mongolian nation. A local to this part of the steppe, Temulin felt at home up the mountains. Settling in for the days watch the two of them continued their vigil, ever at the ready to protect the Mongol way of life.
Inspired by: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26969150
Journal Entry Ranger Jonathan Mbekezeli
Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park. Rhinoceros re-introduction program. March, 2157
Our little Rhino orphan Farai is doing much better than she was 3 months ago. We found her barely alive next to the corpse of her mother who was taken by poachers. Since she was just a few weeks old her horn was too small so they left her to die. When we found her she was dehydrated, distraught, and exhausted.
We brought her back to base and got her back on her feet. It had never been tried before but we introduced her to our old Rhino drone Mbangura. I don’t know much about drone AI systems or any of that stuff but Mbangura seems to enjoy looking after little Farai! An Oxpecker hangar was installed on Mbangura and we let the two of them roam around the area outside of HQ. Mbangura takes Farai around the reserve and shows her where the water holes are, all the different animals in the park, and watches over her at night. He brings Farai back to HQ so we can give her milk and check on her health.
Farai is a cute one. She’s very animated and curious. She’s gotten into a few tough spots with some of the other rhinos but with Mbangura around she has nothing to worry about.
Researches from around the world have come to see the pair. Drone specialists are especially interested in Mbangura, specifically his AI core. The shift in protocol was unexpected and unprecedented. Mbangura is an old combat drone we received from the military. We used him extensively in busting poaching activity and he’s fought with other drones on multiple occassions. For him to be displaying what appears to be natural parental animal-like behavior has become an issue of intense speculation. We’ve argued to keep Mbangura with Farai, and so far we’ve succeeded. I don’t know what’s going to happen next or how long we can keep him.
All I know is that Farai can’t lose another parent.
Bob Kuhn (1920 - 2007)
Bob Kuhn was an illustrator during the 20th Century. He had a long career as an illustrator doing various book covers and spot illustrations for magazines. He also did many fine art paintings during his later career. Kuhn is best known for his wildlife painting which consisted of essentially his entire career.
There is a book available that catalogues his career as an artist called Drawing on Instinct. More of his work can viewed at the WildLifeArt.org website which I’ve attached as the source.
Stanley Meltzoff (March 27,1917 - November 9, 2006)
Meltzoff had a long career as an illustrator. His early career started with him being a correspondent during WWII to a major publication at the time. Afterwards he did numerous book covers, spot illustrations for magazines, and teaching positions at different institutions. The advent of color photography put him out of work so he turned to painting game fish like Marlin and Tuna. Subsequently this work is what most associate with him today. Incredible paintings. They look better than most photos i’ve seen of the same animals. He handles underwater atmospherics and caustic effects so well. I love it.
More of his work can be viewed on his website. There’s a publication of his work available and some of his paintings are still floating around for sale. Check it out!
Orca drone on patrol for the EPA in Prince William Sound south of Valdez, Alaska.