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(177) Tony Rocha Newton - Lavender Lynx - The Cat with the Tufted Ears
In our early forays into natural history, so-called exotic creatures that were not common to European or North American domestic life, such as the Lynx, inspired awe and mystery for readers (& sadly for the time a deep desire for hunters to travel to these locales & exterminate them for trophies). While some species were dangerous, we are much more dangerous to them. Indeed sometimes we introduce species to new habitats & are oblivious to their population explosions until it is too late. Such is the case with the Lynx in some parts of Northern Europe where they need culling seasons much like those of wild pigs here in Australia. Around the world people now recognize the need to protect animals as a vital part of our ecosystems & mitigate the impact non-native species can have on local ones. The page I was sent contained an image of one of these majestic beasts and a description of their lifestyle & appearance. While these books were made to inform people, I was reminded of mischievous cartoon animals we often watched growing up. I was inspired to produce this work to put a familiar, jovial face to the lynx as a relative of the Pink Panther. I’ve used modern technology to produce the script to give a title to the piece, combined with hand a drawn image of the character & Photoshopped it into the original page with parchment overlays.
Born in Western Sydney, I have always loved to draw & create since early childhood. I’ve moved through various styles and have now my style has evolved into a more kid friendly look which I am currently using to create a range of adult alcohol books “Barry Beer” which are proving wildly popular in Australia. The way I create art is usually by using pencils to get the image on paper, then I will use various markers to ink it & then finally scan it into my computer & use Photoshop & Paintshop Pro to embellish the designs with colour, texture & text. I create because I love it – it calms me & brings me joy, especially when someone enjoys my art & my style seems to elicit smiles in the young & old alike. The art I create is usually commission based having done murals for a martial arts dojo & the charity “Queen of Hearts” based in Penrith, NSW.
Link to Tony’s Art Aviso profile HERE
Tony was provided with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:
Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia
The story of animal life- Creatures of the land ,the air and the sea.
The cat with the tufted ears