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.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Creature Feature #580: Penguin

The Penguin Family originated in New Zealand :) (or at least I heard that in a documentary about NZ prehistory - Australia "stole" the kiwi, but we could claim the Penguin).

Penguins are a Family of flightless birds, uniquely adapted for a life at sea. Their wings have become modified into flippers, and their large bodies store fat - perfect for insulating them against the icy waters of their polar homes. As a Family, they are restricted almost exclusively to the Southern hemisphere, with many species occuring in the sub-Antarctic. However, there are species found in the Galapagos Islands and southern Africa. There are between 18-20 species, ranging in size from the diminutive Little Blue Penguin to the Emperor Penguin.

Some species will be dealt with individually: The Emperor and the Macaroni have already been dealt with, and the Rockhopper and Yellow-eyed may well make an appearance at a later date. This wee fellow is an Adelie Penguin, the smallest species found in Antarctica.

I have previously drawn the Little Blue as well:
(This is from my to-eventually-be-released "Happy Avian Families" card game)

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