About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Creature Feature #373: Kelpfish

There are several species of Kelpfish, a term generally given to members of the Chironemus Genus and found in Australia and New Zealand. There is also a not-particularly-closely related species from America, known as the Giant Kelpfish. This is the species I have inadvariantly drawn here, showing I should really check my facts before I get started. Anyway, the Giant Kelpfish is a clinid. He stays close to the coasts, inhabiting kelp beds, from California down to southern Baja California. His diet consists mainly of invertebrates such as crustaceans and molluscs, as well as other fish. He can grow up to 61 cm in length.

I guess I need to either draw a different fish (perhaps this out of focus NZ species - http://www.nationalaquarium.co.nz/kelp-fish.asp) or find another critter that starts with K. Or maybe not, since about the only information I can find about them is that they are fish.

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