Why should humans have all the fun?

With this question in mind, I started imagining a parallel universe where animals were the dominant species. Well that’s the theme of my Inktober series of illustrations that are designed to get you to think differently about the way that animals live.

Imagine a parallel universe where animals were the dominant species, and they treated us like the human race treats them. Pretty scary thought right? In my sketches I’ve tried to add humour as much as I can.

Animals have no complicated personality and so they can’t be manipulative, dishonest or evil like a human, they can be manipulative, some primates can be, but not like us.

Human cruelty saddens me, but I’m also saddened to hear that some have become so jaded by this as to prefer the company of other species to their own kind. This isn’t said to judge, but to sympathize with those who feel this way. You’re right, the way that humans can sometimes act is devastating. But, even though humans are capable of evil, they are also capable of good.

In many ways I prefer animals to people. I guess we humans are too complicated for our own good and yet not advanced enough to take it to the next level. But, humans are animals too — something many people tend to forget. And animal species can be extremely different from one another; a lot of species have evolved to be selfish.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

Why I do this?

Getting involved in pet projects can be a great source of motivation for creative people. It’s much more than just hobbies. In a time where so many people are talkers and so few are doers, pet projects can be the factor that sets you apart from the rest of the crowd.

Sometimes these projects feel like a time suck. But its a great creative exercise.

What is Inktober?

Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.

Jake Parker created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.

The Official 2017 Inktober Prompt List:

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