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2016 - The Drawn to Help Project, Revisited

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 1, 2016, 9:21 AM




Good morning, everyone! Happy 2016!

2015 was an incredibly busy and eventful year. Left the job, back in school at last, finally working toward that teaching license I had started out on the path to years ago.

But in the run-up to that, which was quite chaotic, art rather went by the wayside. That's why, in the new year, I'm going to resolve to draw something new every day. Naturally, that means the return of the Drawn to Help project. I think I'll start with baby animals for January - it seems time for a fresh start and the infinite possibility that represents!

I'm going to keep it simple this year, and split the donations between UNICEF and Farm Sanctuary, both of whom are wonderful about helping those most desperately in need.

New cards will be posted here and on Etsy. And if you're a stock photographer who wants to be part of this year's project, let me know! 366 references is a lot - suggestions are welcome, and the less time I spend waiting for permission to use stock, the more time I can spend working on them!

Many thanks to everyone who has helped me keep going through the years, through both aid and encouragement. You rock!

All the best for the new year!


  • Listening to: Elbow - One Day Like This
  • Reading: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
It is said that your life flashes before your eyes before you die. It's true, it's called Life. - Terry Pratchett

As many of you will know, one of the world's best-loved authors died yesterday. There is nothing I can say about Terry that he could not have said better himself. So I wish to pay tribute with what skill I can offer, and plan on composing a rather over-the-top illustration of the children of his mind.

If anyone out there would like to take part in being part of this project (it's going to take a while, I'm sure), I will be needing reference photos. If you feel like you look like or identify with a character of Discworld (here's a list of them) and wouldn't mind sharing a face/pose reference (standing, mostly - I'll need to fit a lot of characters in; don't worry about costume, I have the books and my imagination for that), send me a note or leave a message here on my DA page. I can't afford to pay everyone for their contribution, but I will be happy to send you the original sketch of your character, if you want it. As people volunteer, I'll write a list here of characters who have been claimed, so you can move on to your second-favourite.

Characters Cast:

Magrat Garlick: :iconmirachravaia:
Adora Belle Dearheart aka Spike: :iconstelari:
Rincewind: :iconcamishcd:
Captain Carrot: :iconsakiko-seihikaru:
Lord Vetinari: :icondas-diddy:
Moist von Lipwig: :iconcapnmckay:
Nanny Ogg: :iconmoon-crafter:
Susan: :iconytril:
Lady Margolotta: :iconvitaminanime:
Nobby Nobbs: T.R.
The Bursar: P.P.
William de Worde: N.G.
Death of Rats: Himself

We love you, Sir Terry. We hope you are enjoying your purple-environed existence. With cats.

* * *


On an unrelated note, I have had the honour of being featured in two recent issues of CP Magazine, Ann Kullberg's publication for coloured pencil artists; first with a ACEO tutorial article in December, 2014, and this month with the cover and full artist's profile. Very exciting!

Many thanks to :iconbleuie: for making it possible.


CP Magazine by theperian
  • Listening to: The Beatles
  • Reading: Desert Solitaire by Ed Abbey
... Like a tea-tray in the sky.

Yes, I'm having a white-rabbit moment, as I only just realized that it's November! Not will be - is!

I do have the November set of cards started, and will catch up on posting them just as soon as I have a day off on Monday.

Many thanks to :iconhotnstock: for the information and suggestion of wolves as the focus of this set's donations. Since being de-listed from the endangered species list (a political move, not a scientific one), their populations have plummeted. The best way you can help? Learn about them! The more you understand, the easier it is to dispel the fears of people you may know who feel threatened by them. I recommend the 'Wolves and Humans' section of the Oregon Wild website: oregonwild.org/wildlife/wolves…

And thanks to everyone who voted in the poll! You make it easier to live with my indecisive nature. ;)
  • Listening to: The White Stripes
  • Reading: 'Science of the Impossible' by Michio Kaku
  • Watching: Sherlock, again.
  • Eating: Peanut Butter
  • Drinking: Not Yet
Hello, hello! Since this month is coming to a close, and with it the newest set of cards to benefit WaterAid, I thought I would start opening up the suggestion box as to who you think should be the next donation recipient. Then we can have voting starting in, say, mid-October, and know who we're going with for the next set in November or December.

So you know, preference is given to causes which have a proven track record (I do take a look at their list of achievements, and their rating to make sure the bulk isn't going to advertising and administrative bonuses), and while all causes are considered, those most likely to make the short-list generally have a humanitarian or environmental/conservation theme. But, that being said, we have chosen causes based in the arts, literacy and education as well. So, recommend away! No cause is too local, or to large-scale. All will be considered.

P.S. I am always on the lookout for great reference photos. If you are a photographer, particularly a wildlife photographer, and don't mind your work being used for traditional art reference, and for a good cause, let me know!
  • Listening to: RadioLab
  • Reading: John Steinbeck "Sweet Thursday"
Good morning, good morning.

(Or night, as it may be where you are, etc.)

I was quite thrilled yesterday to receive a copy of the great Ann Kullberg's Colored Pencil Magazine in the mail yesterday, not the least because, in the features section, was this fellow from my astrological archetypes series:

Aquarius by theperian

There was also an excellent extended feature of fellow DA artist Bleuie Acosta - if you haven't checked out his coloured-pencil-on-canvas work, do go take a look. It's quite fantastic:

Tiger On The Cover

Watch the video here: LINK
The magazine is available in print and PDF format at annkullberg.com
  Finding Felicity by bleuie Unexpected Expectations by bleuie Ecstatic Melancholy by bleuie Remember D' Baja by bleuie
  • Listening to: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Reading: David Sedaris
Thanks to everyone who voted - the new series of cards is going up, and WaterAid will be the beneficiary.

If you know of a great cause to support (social, environmental, animal charity, etc.), feel free to leave a comment here, and I'll keep them all in mind for the next set!
  • Listening to: Jack Johnson - 'Better Together'
  • Reading: 'Lamplighter' by Kerry Donovan Brown
September fast approaches, and another set of Drawn to Help cards is in the proverbial wind. WaterAid is the current favourite for donations, but I wanted to give anyone who hasn't voted yet a chance to do so on the poll below. Voting closes on August 31st.

Unfamiliar with the project? It's all about making art affordable and then donating a portion of the proceeds to causes picked by artists like you. We have raised nearly a thousand dollars so far for everything from protecting wildlife habitat to providing drinking water to rural villages to encouraging children to read and write, and so on. You can find more info in previous journal entries, or visit the ACEOs gallery folder. Don't see a cause you would like to donate to? Leave a reply here to suggest causes for future card sets! Due to volume of notes and such, I may not reply to each suggestion immediately, but I do take them all into consideration and do my research; and often they end up in the poll for the next set.

I would also like to give a shout out to all of the fabulous stock photographers of Deviant Art who have generously provided their stock as drawing reference for the project. If you are a stock photographer who would like to participate, please let me know! (Wild animal stock is particularly welcome - it's one of my favourite subjects for a card set.)

Or, no matter what you do, if you want to participate in another fun activity, with several Deviant Art Premium Memberships still to be awarded, see this journal entry for our planting project.
  • Listening to: Jack Johnson - 'Better Together'
  • Reading: 'The Lamplighter' by Kerry Donovan Brown

A Challenge! With Features and Premium Memberships

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 28, 2013, 11:54 AM




Hello everyone!

To those who celebrate it, a happy Thanksgiving. I was thinking about it last night, and I would like to give thanks to everyone here - all the wonderful artists, fabulous photographers and aspiring creators who have made these past few years great. But I also wanted to give thanks (and a bit of help) to this amazing world of ours. So, why not combine the two?

So, here's the challenge (and there are potentially nearly a thousand of you reading this, so we could make this something truly spectacular!)

Scientific consensus agrees that climate change is happening, mostly due to carbon. And even if you are among the few who prefer not to look at that, we still need oxygen and, as artists, we use paper all of the time. So, one way or another, we're all quite dependant on trees. (Besides, forest glades are fabulous places to come up with creative ideas.)

On average, we could completely negate our carbon footprint by planting 20 trees per year. Even one would be a fantastic contribution. I just planted two yesterday. It took about half an hour, and in a few years we'll have fresh peaches and hawthorn jam - and negated 36 days worth of carbon. Totally worth it.

SO.

Let's do this.

Whether you have a yard that has space for a nice shade tree on the corner, or are renting and can talk your landlord into an apple or plum, or can find a nearby park or watershed which has a planting project, or you give your granny a mini orchard for Mother's Day or ... anything! Let's go.

  1. Every time you plant a tree this year, take a picture of it. Post it in your scraps, or on Flicker or Photobucket with a link, that sort of thing. And let me know!
  2. Every time you plant one and let me know, I'll give your art a feature in my journal. So, this project will help your art get exposure, too.
  3. To the first person to reach the full 20, completely off-setting their carbon footprint this year, I will give a one-year Premium Membership.
  4. To the next five people to reach 20, I will give a three-month Premium Membership (maybe to more than five, depending on what I can afford and the level of participation.)


Also, if you like this idea, favourite this journal entry or link to it from your own, so we can make this a massive phenomenon!


P.S. Update! While you're planting trees, you can also earn free art from DA artist MirachRavaia and others, see this journal entry for details!


Many thanks, and all the best!


...Wanders off, daydreaming of a world-wide, 20,000 tree forest sprouting up as the result of this post. Dream big, right? It might just happen...

UPDATE - May 2014:

And they're off! I would like to give a cheer and a shout out to :icontoomanysouls: for the first two entries in our challenge!


Appletree by TooManySouls Fir by TooManySouls
Do go see some of the wonderful, musical creations in her gallery, here:
Space and time by TooManySouls Drum stool by TooManySouls

UPDATE - June 2014:

And we have a winner!

...Of our challenge and a Premium Membership, but also of just generally being an awesome fellow inhabitant of Earth. Reinseih aka Reya not only met the goal of planting twenty trees in a year, but blew it out of the water by more or less doubling that number. Fantastic! Do visit the new account of this intrepid deviant if you get a chance:

Newbirth by reanseih Girl from the south and her black threaded dress by reanseih



  • Listening to: Jack Johnson - 'Better Together'
Hi! Quick note to say - still here! Things have just been delayed for a little while. Still having a few technical difficulties. But I am working on a new (and bigger than usual) project, and very much looking forward to posting it - and a proper tutorial, if it turns out as I hope - as soon as I'm able!

Many apologies for not getting back to comments as quickly as I ought. I will do my best to read and reply to everything sooner or later. :)

All the best!
Hello, hello.

I have been asked a few times now about the nuts and bolts of selling art for a cause. So I thought I would share what I have learned so far, in case you would like to have a go at it, too!

You will find your own way of going about it that works best for you, but this is what I've done so far (and for the most part, it has run quite smoothly):

Before I start, I make sure I have everything I need, because the cards can sell in anything from a few hours to six months. Selling online, that means packing materials, thank you notes, envelopes, domestic and international stamps, etc., which I keep at my desk so I can ship things out as soon as an order comes in.

You can draw as many or as few per day/month/year as you like; it's up to you to decide what you can manage. I would recommend drawing enough to 'stock' your store a bit, first - items don't sell in a mostly empty shop. I'd suggest having about a dozen cards on hand before you start posting your listings.

Next I work out how much people will pay for them (a bit of looking around on Ebay and Etsy will give you a fair idea), determine how much my expenses will be, and work out from that how much will go to the cause. A rough estimate might go something like this:

Art materials (per card): $1.50
Listing fee: ($.20 x 2 - because you often have to list them more than once) $.40
Envelope: $.50
Vinyl card sleeve: $.81
Postage: $.45 - $1.05

Total: $3.66 - $4.26 (Rounded out to $4) - People will pay under $15 for cards at this level, so $13; the $9 remainder goes to the charity.

So, the next step, if you're selling online, is to open a shop. I like Etsy, because people are looking specifically for art, and you don't have the pressure of auctions and dealines like you do on other sites.

You can write up a description for a single listing, and just copy and paste - changing a line or two to fit the individual card. Be sure to mention that your cards are originals (not prints), what cause the money is going toward, and what an ACEO is in general, because often people who are browsing have not come across them before.

Now comes the slightly tedious bit - you will need to do a bit of bookkeeping. At some point, someone is going to want to look at your financial records (I've only had it asked for once, but I was glad I had it on hand when I did). I use a simple word-processing document with seven columns: One large transaction description column, then three amount columns for that transaction (earnings, expenses, amount to your charity), and a running total for each. Every month or so, I donate whatever number is in the 'amount to charity' running total column to the charity. (Mind you, that only works so long as you have only one cause that you're donating to. I'm currently working with eight, so I have to keep the charity books on another page, and just mention on the first page's description which one the money is going to - it's one of the reasons I give all of the cards numbers in their titles.)

Apologies if that's a bit convoluted. It's rather hard to describe accounting in words, without the visuals.

Where you take the project from there is entirely up to you. It could be a one off, or the start of a much larger project, or a way to break in to online art sales in general (I have received several commission requests as a result of this project). Don't be too daunted by all of the details - the majority of your time will be spent doing what you enjoy - the art.

I hope that helps! Best of luck in your future projects.
Hello again. Just a quick update. My deepest apologies about not posting any new art. My scanner, it would seem, has decided to give up the proverbial ghost (did you know the word 'ghost' is spelled with the 'h' because when the first printing presses came to England, they were all worked by Flemmish printers who used their own language's spellings? I heard that on the radio today. Ah, etymology - almost as engrossing as art...)

Er, what was I saying?

Oh, yes. Dead scanner.

So, I am going to make my way through a plethora of 'how to photograph artwork' tutorials as soon as the sun returns, and see whether I have any luck. If I do, I will be sure to post any tips I pick up along the way here, for my fellow artists.

Fingers crossed!

Back-and-Forth

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 24, 2013, 11:35 PM
Hello everyone!

How about a little light irony, as the thermometer records record-breaking temperatures for eleven p.m.? (Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...)

I'm sorry it has been (something short of, but nevertheless feels like) forever since last I update or posted any new artwork. Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans -Thank you, John, luv- and more things came up this summer than I can recall.

One is relevant, that is a little long-term illustration project which is currently on a bit of a hold, but with hope there will be something fun to say about it next year. But it's secret - or, at least, a work in progress of which I am not permitted to post images until the manuscript has seen publication, huzzah! (All right, it's all somewhat theoretical at the moment, but I'm enjoying doing the work, nonetheless.)

Others are only loosely relevant, in that they concern some of the causes our Drawn to Help project has been championing. Donations lead to correspondence, correspondence leads to requests to volunteer, and before I knew it, I was on a plane to Washington D.C. this Spring, to speak to representatives about the Arctic and saving rainforests. Very exciting. Hopefully, in some way, effective. Oh, and the focus on NaNo gave me some incentive to try my hand at it this year. About a hundred thousand words later... (but, on the plus side, if I ever write anything worth reading, I know a few illustrators, eh? =) )

And a grand plethora are personal / day-job related, and not relevant at all. Suffice to say they took up a lot of that precious, precious drawing time. But the chaos seems to be waning, so my fingers are crossed and knocking on wood as I type. Yes, this makes typing rather difficult.

In the interim, I did leave the shop up and running, and am happy to say that most of the ACEOs for the Drawn to Help project have sold. So here are the updated totals:

Raised for and donated to...

WaterAid: $161

The Community Music Institute of Oregon: $98

The World Wildlife Fund: $154

Mt. Pisgah Arboretum: $28

Greenpeace: $98

The Book Bus: $70

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Programme: $77

Bringing the total to $686.

I am hoping to make it to a zoo this weekend to take some wildlife photos for an upcoming series for The Rainforest Action Network, but if you or someone you know takes wildlife photos and has some unrestricted stock lying around, let me know!

Thanks for watching - I do have a few things on the drawing board, and hope to be back soon!

All the best! :heart:


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Journal Entry: Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:00 PM
Happy new year, everyone! I hope you are enjoying 2013 so far. I know I am.

Part of what is making me happy is doing the maths for the Drawn to Help project in 2012. Here are the year's totals:

Raised for and donated to...

WaterAid: $107

The Community Music Institute of Oregon: $98

The World Wildlife Fund: $119

Mt. Pisgah Arboretum: $28

Greenpeace: $56

The Book Bus: $40

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Programme: $35

Total for 2012 (and still counting - wish me luck for 2013!): $483

:love:

Thank you, everyone!

  • Listening to: 'Bright Side of the Road'

December Update

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:13 PM


Hello everyone!

I hope you're all enjoying this - is it December? Hard to tell these days, as I was out gardening in the warm sunshine today without even a coat on, when a few years ago at this time I would have been trudging through snow. The strawberries are already blooming. Strange days.

Anyhoo, I hope you're having fun, and that everyone has put up their new Mayan calendars. Good stone carvers are hard to find these days, eh?

The Drawn to Help project is winding down, but new cards are still being posted alongside the old www.etsy.com/shop/ChandraValli, and I thought I would bring you an update. It really has been an astonishing year. Many thanks to everyone who participated for being part of something bigger than we could do on our own.

As of December first, here are the totals on donations raised:

For WaterAid: $97 as can be seen here www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser…
And here is a thank you from those whose lives have been changed by the project this year: www.wateraidamerica.org/donate… (I have to admit, I teared up watching that. I'm a big softy underneath. Don't let on.)

For the Community Music Institute: $91 (No online publication of the donors names, I'm afraid; as is the case with most of these places. Perhaps at the end of the year I will take a photo of all the donation thank-you letters and post it).

For the World Wildlife Fund: $112! I saw them on the news today, marching at the Doha climate conference. It was great to see them taking an active role in environmental protection, even on the political side of things.

For the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum: $21. They have some great projects planned for the coming years. I'm looking forward to getting up there in the Spring.

For Greenpeace: $42. They just announced a victory in pressuring one of the world's largest retailers to commit to toxic-chemical-free manufacturing practices. I love to see these stories coming from them every few weeks. They do get things done!

And for our newest projects...
The Book Bus: $10; and NaNoWriMo: $25 (you can see us on their list of donors if you press CTRL + F and search for 'Drawn to Help Art Project' here www.nanowrimo.org/en/donations ).

So that's ... let me see... $398!

Of course, it's not just about money. There are so many ways we can make a difference.

So, I'd like to ask you - what did you do to make the world (or someone's life) a bit better this year? Plant a tree? Surprise someone with a portrait? Help someone dig their house out after a storm? Buy a cup of coffee for someone holding a sign on a street corner? Teach an emo to swing dance? (Hehehe...)

And what do you plan to do next year? It's time to start thinking up New Year's Resolutions, and perhaps we can help inspire each other on that count. As I've said before, this entire project was inspired by a fellow DA artist. So who knows what you might start. :love:

All the best for 2013!

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  • Listening to: 'Bright Side of the Road'

Welcome to November!

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 31, 2012, 10:47 PM
Facebook l Gallery l dA Portfolio l Watch Me l Note Me

(And a very happy Halloween for those near my time zone.)

As many of you will know, November is (inter)National Novel Writing Month, a month marked by a phenomenal, world-wide event known as NaNoWriMo nanowrimo.org/ which encourages everyone to pick up a pen and write 1,667 words per day, or 50,000 words over the course of a month. The project encompasses schools, and encourages creativity, literacy, and self-expression, and is very, very fun.

I won't be writing for it this year (though I do have some plot ideas hatching for next year). However, I will be participating - the feedback from the majority of you indicated that NaNoWriMo's Young Writers' Programme is the favoured recipient for November's Drawn to Help earnings. So NaNo it is!

HOWEVER, I'm trying to stretch myself with this project, as well, and to learn a few new skills in the process. This month, I've decided that I've limited myself in medium for too long, so I'm taking up the brush and doing paint and multimedia cards this time around.

Drying time means that each card will take more than one day, so I'm doing something a bit different for November and December...

I will be offering the sketches that I do as drafts on every odd day (1st, 3rd, 5th and so on), at half-price, with profits going to The Book Bus www.thebookbus.org/index.html , a wonderful project suggested by :iconellesensei:

Then, assuming that they're dry enough to scan, I will post the completed work on the following even day, with profits going to fund the NaNoWriMo Young Writers' Programme.

Sixty cards, November through December. Wish me luck. :)

Thanks again to everyone for your comments and support!

____

The Numbers as of October 31st:

Donated to...

...WaterAid: $97
...Community Music Institute of Oregon: $77
...The World Wildlife Fund: $105
...Mt. Pisgah Arboretum: $21
...Greenpeace: $42

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This Has Been...

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 30, 2012, 9:05 PM
... a phenomenal month for the Drawn to Help project. I would like to thank everyone who has helped it to grow. So many people have been a part of it, from the stock photographers, to everyone who has spread the word with features and favourites, to the generous people who have purchased the cards, to the people at places like WaterAid and Greenpeace who are going to do wonderful things with the proceeds. Many thanks to all of you!

And this is starting to feel like one of those surreal dreams where you have been asked to give an Oscar speech in your pants after winning Best Score for a modern orchestral rendition of 'I'm A Little Teapot'.

So, enough talking (or typing), here are the numbers for this month!

(You know it has been a good month when it takes me all morning to work these numbers out and make the respective donations.)

Raised for...

WaterAid: $97 www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser…

The Community Music Institute: $56

The World Wildlife Fund: $91

Mt. Pisgah Arboretum: $21

Greenpeace: $35

Total So Far: $300!

(I have no idea how we managed to end the month on a perfect number like that, but I checked it twice; it is right.)

Thanks again!

I have been given a rather big art project to work on. I'm not sure how long it will take, but I'll be back with more ACEOs and more great causes in November/December. There will still be many cards on Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/ChandraValli until then, and I might sneak in a few for fun between now and then.

Enjoy this beautiful October, wherever you are!

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Entering September Update!

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 31, 2012, 8:30 AM


I would first like to thank everyone who made August the best month yet for the 'Drawn to Help' ACEOs-for-a-cause project!

Here are the numbers as they now stand:

Raised for WaterAid: $63 www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser…
Raised for Community Music Institute: $35
Raised for the World Wildlife Fund: $56

There are still many cards left, so you haven't missed out. You can find them on Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/ChandraValli sorted into their various causes.

And don't forget that you can enter DARTISTS into the coupon field at checkout to receive a 20% discount. The charities still receive the same amount - it's just removing my materials cost mark-up.

Ninety cards have now been drawn; and I haven't run out of art supplies yet, so it's time to announce the coming themes!

First I'm going to take a quick detour for a local cause, and draw some flora for a week for the Mt Pisgah Arboretum www.mountpisgaharboretum.com/ , a hands-on educational park I have been volunteering at since 2010. Every year, they lead field trips for thousands of schoolchildren, giving them a morning-long lesson in ecology and Earth sciences first hand.

They're needing funds for their autumn school programme, and so a week of cards will be devoted to them.

After that, it's back to Greenpeace, as promised, for a full series! If you have any requests or ideas of cards you would like to see, let me know - I'm always in need of inspiration!

And if you would like a cause you believe in to be the subject of a future theme, let me know in the comments section of the poll below. I'm always happy to consider new projects.

All the best!

C.

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Two Months On

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 30, 2012, 9:39 PM
...

The Numbers

60 original art cards drawn.
(+ 2 in the recycling bin,
1which fell victim to an ink stain and
1 with very intense eyes which spooked me every time I sat down to work on it, so it is unfinished and being saved for a future theme.)
10 cards sold.
$70 raised for 2 causes.
2 people will now have clean water who never did before.
1 child's life (or perhaps a few) will be changed by having access to music lessons.
1 artist is pretty stoked. :dance:


Now, there will be a few weeks in July when I will not have access to either a scanner or all of my art supplies, so I have decided to finish off a few larger projects (Leo has lain unfinished for about six weeks or so now, and I have a portrait to do) and gather references for the next theme. Then, in August, it will start in full swing!

We have a clear dual winner on the poll, so the upcoming Drawn to Help beneficiaries will be:

August: The World Wildlife Fund
September: Greenpeace

October ... Undecided! If you would like to nominate a good cause in need of a little extra funding, please tell me about it in a reply to this entry. I will give every nomination full consideration. :)

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Introducing Botany Stock!

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 23, 2012, 10:31 PM


Sorry about being late in posting the Drawn to Help image for today. It is done, I promise. I've just been busy setting up a spare account here on DA!

I have so many flora and fauna photos that are lurking around unused on my memory cards, I thought I should upload them. And I know how difficult it can be to find unrestricted reference stock out there, so I have started up a stock account.

So, if any of you great traditional artists out there need some drawing reference for flower and leaf, feel free to browse:

:iconbotanystock:

(More coming very soon - I've just started, and have a tonne to upload. Requests are welcome.)

Enjoy!

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Hello, hello!

Today I was sent a lovely, personal e-mail from WaterAid - I set up a fund-raising page with them when I began the Drawn to Help project, but had no idea that they were paying such close attention! I just thought I would share it with you, since everyone here has been a part of this project as well, through encouragement, stock images and by donating through buying the ACEOs.

Dear Chandra,

Thank you for starting your fundraising page.  We are excited to have your support in helping the world's poorest people gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.   

Your artwork not only displays your talent, but allows others to understand your efforts to support those who are less fortunate.  We are thankful for your Drawn to Help project, and proud to be associated with your ACEOs.

As you may know, we have reached nearly 16 million people with life-saving services since 1981, and aim to reach 25 million by 2015 in our 27 country programs.  Our projects do not just involve wells and hand-pumps but, crucially, integrate the three elements of water, sanitation and hygiene education.   We believe these three elements constitute the essential building blocks upon which all further development depends.  WaterAid is invested in its work for the long-term: we continue to monitor and evaluate our projects after 1, 3, 5 and 10 years.  By involving the community in every stage of our work, we ensure that our projects are sustainable.

For more, we've assembled a short news item on our website www.wateraidamerica.org/about_… for more on our history and achievements over the past 30 years, available on our website as well as statistics www.wateraidamerica.org/what_w… on the water and sanitation crisis and the impact www.wateraidamerica.org/what_w… of WaterAid's work.

Please know that we are here to assist if you have questions or need any information, so please don't hesitate to contact us at any time – we would love to hear from you and learn more about your efforts!  

Until then, thank you and good luck!


Isn't that lovely?

Many thanks again, everyone. As I write this, we have raised $49 USD for this project (the numbers on our donation page will reflect the new number on the first of July). A number of cards are still available on Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/ChandraValli , or if you would like to make a direct donation, here is our donation page: www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser…
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