WILD POSTCARD GALLERY

Wild Postcard Gallery, is an online gallery open to all ages to create and submit Biro (ballpoint pen) drawings of their favourite wild animals. Part of Artist, Jane Lee McCracken's Where Did All the Animals Go? art and environmental education project, in partnership with international wildlife charity Born Free and a group of dynamic North East teachers, the gallery was launched in 2019 at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art here.  All wild animal drawings submitted are featured in the gallery. Find out how to submit or view the gallery by scrolling down this page. Click here to download and print the poster

GALLERY AIM

The aim of Wild Postcard Gallery is to spread the gift of drawing, using Jane's preferred medium, the humble Biro, and the beauty of wildlife far and wide, as well as nurturing emotional connections with vulnerable species to further help in their conservation, 'if we care, we want to conserve'.

By making a drawing of a vulnerable species for this gallery and sharing it with friends and family or on social media, your drawing is not only helping to highlight the rich variety of our planet's wildlife and the unique beauty of individual species but could encourage others to get involved in species conservation. 

Enjoy drawing and some creative ‘you-time’. The next time you pick up your Biro, think of the animal you drew and how the world is a better place for its existence. Remember, EVERYONE, CAN DRAW!" Jane Lee McCracken

HOW TO SUBMIT:

The concept of the online Wild Postcard Gallery is simple and open to all ages:

  • Pick up a Biro (ballpoint pen), get creative and draw your favourite wild animal on a blank postcard or piece of paper using any colour of Biro 

  • If you can't draw the animal in the wild use a found image as inspiration or draw from your imagination

  • Your drawing doesn't have to be photo-realistic, express yourself and really enjoy drawing and being transported. We all have our own unique drawing styles which are all valid!

  • Watch Jane's video below for drawing tips and wildlife inspiration
  • Send an image or scan of your drawing, your name, town and country to jane@janeleemccracken.co.uk for your drawing to be featured

  • Send your drawing as a gift to someone special to brighten up their day or put it in your window for your neighbours to enjoy

  • Spread the word and ask others to pick up a Biro and make a drawing of their favourite wild animal for the gallery

      OTHER THINGS TO DO:

      Here are some things you can do to help wildlife:

      • Research your favourite animal and how you can further help with its conservation

      • Check out 12 Ways You Can Help Wildlife here

      • Tell others about what you have learnt and how they can help wildlife

      • Check out Born Free Learn at Home Packs here

      Find out more about Where Did All the Animals Go? project here

      WATCH THE VIDEO

      The following Biro Drawing Workshop video made by Jane as a free resource features drawing tips and inspirational wildlife footage courtesy of Born Free.

      GALLERY NEWS

      Where Did All the Animals Go? project in collaboration with Laguna Art Museum and their Imagination Celebration 25 April 2020 are bringing Wild Postcard Gallery to Californian's of all ages to create a ballpoint pen (Biro) drawing of their favourite California wild animal for the online gallery below.

      Laguna Art Museum poster featuring ballpoint pen drawings: Mountain Lion by Rosie, California Tiger Salamander by Susie, Sea Otter Mother and Infant by Marinta, Canada Lynx by Kirsten, Tule Elk by Caitlin, Ohlone Tiger Beetle by Stacie, California Condor by Susie, Great White Shark by Riggsy, Desert Tortoise by Susie, California Sea Lion by Kristen, Black Bear by Nina

      WILD POSTCARD GALLERY DRAWINGS 2019 -

      The gallery displays Biro drawings submitted by artists of all ages from 3 years upwards, depicting a wide array of species, including those very much ingrained in the human psyche such as tigers and elephants alongside lesser-known species such as the Spiderman agama lizard and the critically endangered kakapo. The first gallery drawing of a beautiful red squirrel was submitted on 27 November 2019 by Stephanie Clarey, a teacher from Kirk Merrington. Jamie Brown, age 11 of East Linton, Scotland submitted the second drawing of a stunning black jaguar. The third drawing, a delightful bumblebee was submitted by Isabel, age 4 of Northumberland. 

      More than 31,000 species are threatened with extinction. The IUCN (International Union for Conservation) Red List categories below are included in the titles of each drawing. Check out threatened species at iucnredlist.org 

       

      Jane would like to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has contributed to Wild Postcard Gallery and subsequently Where Did All the Animals Go? project. 

      2019 Drawings

      2020 Drawings

      Abi has created a personal response through art, to the devasting Australian bushfires of 2019-2020, paying a moving tribute to wildlife affected by the fires and humans helping with rescue and rehabilitation of injured animals - look closely at the Koala's nose and body where there is a layer of forest and the following handwritten text:

      A country in flames. Australian bushfires are a warning to the world. Australia's fires set off apocalyptic-looking blood red skies. Austrailia's fires: how the world has responded to the crisis: koala mittens...

      Alisa Richardson has created an exquisite mixed media diptych in Biro and watercolour, featuring Arctic Wolf, Atka of the Wolf Conservation Center, NY and Red Fox for Wild Postcard Gallery.

      This stunning and sensitive drawing of a hare, incorporating excellent use of colour, brings to life the primeval eyes of these beautiful creatures, now listed as endangered in the UK with a decreasing population of 700,000. For those fortunate to happen across a wild hare, Nikki has captured perfectly the sleek elegance and beguiling timidity of this ancient and beloved UK species.

      One of the youngest artists to submit a drawing, Rowan Speed who recently turned four, has created a brilliant drawing of a Boa Constrictor complete with gleaming eyes and terrific fangs.

      Laura Atkinson's exceptional drawings of a Reticulated giraffe bring exciting additions to the gallery. Her drawing above is a continuous line drawing created with her other hand; below right her blind continuous line drawing demonstrates brilliant line making ability presenting the familiar outline of a giraffe. Laura's daughter Elizabeth, age 5, is clearly following in her talented mother's footsteps with a wonderful drawing of an endangered Grevy's zebra!

      This exquisite and deeply sensitive drawing of a critically endangered Western Lowland Silverback gorilla was created by exceptional teacher Simon Campbell who demonstrates a clear talent for drawing as well as teaching.

      This stunning full colour Biro drawing with beautiful rendering, created by talented Barbora, captures the beauty of Siamese Fighting Fish also known as Betta. These freshwater fish native to the Mekong basin of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam are threatened by habitat loss and pollution. Popular aquarium fish, they often face mistreatment in the pet trade and in captivity can suffer from frustration and depression. Barbora's drawing is a reminder of how precious these small yet mighty fish are.

      Karen's beautiful and accomplished drawings are created with delicate mark-making that echoes the beauty of these elusive species. Her husband Steve, has also created an equally accomplished drawing of a carp with gorgeous, fluid lines. Their excellent drawings are a wonderful homage to UK species.

      The following eleven Biro drawings were begun by Year 9 students of St. Wilfrid's RC College, South Shields during Jane's Wild Postcard Gallery drawing workshop on 20 January 2020. Inspirational art teacher Mrs. Gribben worked with Year 9 to finish their drawings before the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. She kindly sent in their exceptional drawings for the gallery, several of which convey impassioned messages from a generation of young people living in an era of unprecedented environmental crisis. Spare a few moments to read their appeals for change:

      After making their excellent drawings of an orca, orangutan and jaguar, Caleb and Jude decided to adopt all three species. Bravo, Caleb and Jude!

      Mikkel age 4 from Madrid, loves dinosaurs so he chose to draw lizard species for the gallery:

      The following special contributions are Laura Gosset Head of Education and David Bolton Education Officer of Born Free and David's son Seb age 2, the youngest artist featured in the gallery! Laura and David are Co-partners of the Where Did All the Animals Go? project team who have worked tirelessly to support WDATAG project and Jane and the team are fortunate to gain from their invaluable wildlife and educational expertise.

      Laura's beautiful line-making has perfectly captured the intense expression of a chimpanzee, in her stunning drawing. The chimpanzee's soulful eyes speak volumes.

      David and Seb created magnificent, expressive, and incredibly touching drawings in celebration of humpback whales. This majestic species, known for its haunting song is a symbol of hope for vulnerable species. 

      Video: BBC Earth "The humpback whales of Alaska have developed an ingenious method of fishing for herring, but it only works if they all co-operate"

      By co-operating, like the humpback whales fishing for herring in BBC Nature's spectacular video above, global conservation efforts, since its protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1973, have helped humpback whale populations recover and increase from 10,000 to 84,000 with nine of the fourteen populations IUCN conservation status relisted from Endangered to Least Concern. Enjoy David and Seb's incredible drawings below:

      In collaboration with the prestigious Laguna Art Museum and Jane Lee McCracken's Where Did All the Animals Go? (WDATAG) project in partnership with Born Free, the following drawings were created for the museum's amazing Imagination Celebration virtual event, April 25, 2020, and WDATAG Wild Postcard Gallery. 

      There are 305 species federally listed as endangered or threatened, some of which are endemic to California such as Ohlone tiger beetle, California condor and California tiger salamander. Check out and research the list of species here.

      Kirsten and Rosie Rogers with their bee and butterfly drawings

      Laguna Beach residents Kirsten Rogers and her daughter Rosie chose to make an incredible drawing of South California's beloved Monarch butterfly and an outstanding honey bee drawing. Kirsten said, "Rosie and I went on a scavenger bike ride this morning to inspire our art. Rosie found a Monarch and I found a bee - he's a Keyworker too."

      Rosie and Kirsten displayed their drawings in the window of their house in celebration of creativity and in solidarity for nature’s gift of wildlife to us all.

      Below is a marvellous drawing of a Red Fox by Daisy Buckridge age 6, a beautifully expressive drawing that would work perfectly as an illustration for all the best fox stories. Daisy loves both wildlife and drawing and foxes are her favourite animals at the moment. What makes this drawing all the more special is Daisie's composition, positioning the fox on the right of the page. In the words of her father Jamie:

      "I can just picture the unfortunate chicken..."

      GUYANA GALLERY

      WDATAG launched Guyana Outreach Programme on International Bioversity Day 22 May, 2020. The Guyana Team of project co-partners which includes Mayor Waneka Arrindell of Linden, Dr Raquel Thomas, Arianne Harris (Art Ambassador) and Rehana Ragoobeer of Iwokrama who you can read about in Meet the Teamhas created WDATAG Guyana Facebook page to showcase Guyana wild animal art and conservation news here. Guyana is a country not only rich in biodiversity but talented artists.

      The following stunning drawing by Sophia Bhagwandeen age 18 of Georgetown, Guyana is the first drawing Jane received via WDATAG project Outreach Programme in beautiful Guyana. Sophia's imaginative and brilliantly observed drawing of an iconic Harpy Eagle with a snake, is a pure celebration of Guyana's rich, diverse and precious wildlife, as well as a representation of the treasured relationship the project has with glorious Guyana and the WDATAG Guyana Team. Thank you Sophia for your exceptional drawing! 

      A beautiful working sketch by Rehana Ragoobeer, WDATAG Co-partner, Guyana, depicting some of her favourite wild animals, including a jaguar and toucan, two iconic species which inhabit this richly biodiverse country. The team are exceptionally proud to have such multi-talented members.

      This exceptional study of an endangered green sea turtle was created by Arianne Harris, WDATAG Guyana Co-Partner and the project's first Art Ambassador. Arianne is a biologist and artist with a rich family heritage in Guyanese art. Her drawing captures the delicate beauty and vulnerability of this species. Read about Arianne's life here.

      The team is thrilled to have received this magnificent drawing of a Harpy Eagle by Chandradatt who said:

      "I decided to participate in this activity because I saw it as something fun and creative and so I did not want to miss out on the opportunity." 

      This effortless drawing of a yellow-tortoise is iconic of these placid creatures, the fifth-largest tortoise species on the planet. Yellow-footed tortoise are not only threatened by habitat destruction but also hunted as food for humans and captured for the pet trade. Puja said of this gentle animal:

      "I have rescued several of them here in Guyana and they hold a special place in my heart."

      The jaguar is a precious icon of Guyana that inspires many people not just in this incredible country, but globally. Shemendra's stunning drawing illustrates just why this species is so iconic in Guyana; magnificent, powerful and elusive, the jaguar presides over a landscape and biodiversity that fundamentally demonstrates the word 'beauty'.