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May Eco-Artist: Jessica Jane Illustrations

Updated: May 3, 2021

Each month Shark Guardian selects an artist that goes above and beyond for the sake of the ocean and all its inhabitants. We believe that artists, like photographers, play a vital and often underestimated role in ocean conservation. They inspire, educate and cultivate passions that may never have been sparked. Each month during 2021 we are shining a light on some of the great artists we’ve had the privilege of working with - come join us!

Our eco-artist for May is the wonderful Jess from Jessica Jane Illustrations!

Please introduce yourself and share your journey!

Hey! 👋 Thank you so much for asking me to be your Eco-Artist of the month – I'm honored.

I would describe myself as an animal illustrator who mostly does digital drawings. I try to raise awareness about lots of different animal rights issues through my artwork. My goal is to create art with meaning and help people connect with the issues animals are facing. I care about all animals, but my main passion is definitely helping sharks and other sea creatures.

How did you get involved with art?

I’ve always loved drawing and doing anything creative from a young age. I think Art & Design was the only subject I was actually good at in school! I went to college to study Art after High School and I planned to go to university to study it further, but then after a trip to Thailand, I decided to quit so I could go travelling. I did continue drawing in sketchbooks as I was travelling. However, I ended up having too many sketchbooks to lug around with me, so I decided to start using a tablet to create my artwork instead.

Your talent is endless! We can see you draw a whole range of animals and you are involved in different projects. Please share more about these.

Aw, thank you! Right now I’m doing commissions for various animal charities and working on my own crochet coral reef shark project. Basically, I’m going to stitch crocheted coral reef pieces onto a canvas in the shape of a shark – I have no idea how it’s going to turn out, but fingers crossed it works! I’m really loving crocheting at the moment. I want to continue doing more of that, and tying it into the themes of coral bleaching and plastic pollution in the future.

In the past I've been fortunate enough to create artwork for some amazing farm sanctuaries, the animal rights film “Dominion" and the animal charity PETA. I’ve also illustrated a children’s book about fish and created my own "Compassionate Colouring’" book. I sell some of my designs on t-shirts and tote bags and as digital downloads on Etsy. I’m always up for taking on a new project, especially an ocean related one!