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We're Here Too by SallyVinter We're Here Too by SallyVinter
This is my entry in *yuumei's contest. You can read more about the BP Oil Spills here [link] and here [link]

Contest information can be found in the comment section of

I'd like to encourage my watchers to participate in this contest and spread the word around. Every little bit helps.


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I'm not going to go into a long rant about BP or Oil companies in general, but I do want to talk a little bit about how this tragedy affects some animals that people usually don't care about or give a second thought to.

I hear people talk about dolphins, manatees, various birds, fish and turtles. I'm not discounting their importance - they are living creatures and we've sullied their habitat because of greed. But what about other, less popular, creatures who are also affected by this tragedy? They're just as important and have just as much right to a clean environment as a dolphin or a heron does.

I love snakes. The gulf of Mexico is home to several species of snakes and while a number of them spend their lives on land there are others who spend most of their lives in and around large bodies of water. They hunt, mate and give birth to new generations in those waters. Most of them aren't even Poisonous! And even the ones that are should not be feared, but respected. The only way they would lash out at you would be in retaliation of the threat you pose against them.

Another family of creatures I feel needs to be mentioned as well are Sharks. Quite a few species make their home in the Gulf of Mexico. Shark populations have been dwindling in recent years because of poaching and long-line fishing, but people don't seem to care. Sharks are predators yes, but we are not their prey. Very few attack people without provocation and the paranoia concerning them is extremely overblown. They too have a right to live.

Please remember those we often forget.


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You can help in many different ways. Here are a few that I joined/signed. There are plenty more out there that you can find. Remember, every little bit helps.

1,000,000 strong against off-shore drilling Facebook group.
http ://www .facebook. com/ #!/dontdrill (copy/paste then remove spaces. The link doesn't want to format properly)

No new off-shore drilling Petition
[link]

Oceana | Protecting the world's oceans
[link]


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This is actually my second incarnation of this idea. I had another one in-progess when I when I went on vacation and when I got back I couldn't find it. So I decided to start anew. (I still haven't found it btw. I think I may have accidentally thrown it out when I was cleaning :()

My other one was heavy with ink and I was going to contrast the black with brighter digital colours. I decided to forgo the ink this time and take another crack at digital painting. I was told this was, like my Leshii, dark and I get the feeling that's becoming a part of my signature. I just don't do, bright, vivid colours well ^^;


Art (C) *Sariels-Hope
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renacer87 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student
I must admit that is something dramatic and leaves me thinking. Good job drawing and concept :)
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! =)
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renacer87 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student
I agree with your point of view, in the region where I live, now oil spills are damaging the flora and fauna, only in these two months have dead fish, iguanas, turtles, crocodiles and snakes, all intoxicated by hydrocarbon. Pastures have been reduced, so far no fire alarm but cows and horses died ahn so. What I dislike of the media is only concerned about the cows leave the other animals as minority.

I like animals, and I am against abuse them, reptiles are my favorites and I do not consider any living being as a minority.
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh no! Another spill?! Is anything at all done to clean it up or rescue the animals?! It makes me sick that this keeps happening... especially since those responsible tend to never pay for their actions, put forth the most minimal effort to curry good favour again with the press before trying to sweep it under the rug and pretend it didn't happen. They don't feel anything for what they've done. It hardly even puts a dent in their wallets =(

I love reptiles too. Snakes especially. I've never had one as a pet myself but I have had friends who have had them and they've always been such sweethearts. And every time I've encountered an iguana they act like big scaly cats. I wish people wouldn't dismiss animals simply because they're not "cute" or fluffy...
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meihua Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Great work - it's very true what you say. People have such an irrational fear of animals like snakes, bats, sharks, etc. that they forget that these animals have a role in the ecosystem and should be protected. Just one minor quibble - I think you meant to say that most snakes in the Gulf area are not venomous, not not poisonous.
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LandGart Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome pic, awesome post and explanation. Thanks so much for thinking of the more easily forgotten reptiles effected by this tragedy!
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice reminder.
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TwiggyTeeluck Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:wave:
You've been featured here: [link] and here: [link]
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:
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misfittbby Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
I think this is beautiful, amazing work.
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much =)
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misfittbby Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
You're welcome!
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MegZakuro Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist
At some point I possess a certain fear for snakes, but I think that is greatly because of respect. Respect of knowing what they are capable of. They're beautiful creatures, and though I love all of the animals you mentioned above, none should be discarded as more or less important than the rest. I will obviously favorite this for the meaning and very strong message :aww:
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been around snakes since I was young and I've never had any bad encounters with them. They're always been really sweet, curious creatures. I know there are poisonous ones and I respect them instead of fear them. They're probably my favourite animal (Plus, I was born in the year of the Snake, so maybe I have some sort of natural affinity for them. hehe :aww: )

Thank you very much. =)
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LadyJafaria Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Yeah, I feel the same way, every snake I've ever been close to has been nice.

Okay, a smooth green snake did strike at my finger and miss once, but I deserved that one, and even if he'd actually gotten me it wouldn't have hurt.
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MegZakuro Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist
Many people I know fear snakes, and though I haven't been around them much, I like holding them in my hands and feel them slide away, hehe. I know what you mean, I was born in the year of the Dog, and curiously, dogs and wolves are my favorite animals, hehe.
You're welcome, art like this needs to be on the front page of DA, it is very well made also, asides the message it contains :aww:
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think my art is quite good enough to be on the front page yet ^^;
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Rozrr Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well said.
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Please help by spreading the word around. =)
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streetkay07 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:salute:
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streetkay07 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
:worship:
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Rokosamii Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Mmm, what a wonderful idea for a contest.
And the image is beautiful. As an avid shark, and snake lover, I appreciate you bringing attention to the fact that our benevolent dolphins, turtles, etc. aren't the only creatures affected by this tragedy.

The links and contest information is also greatly appreciated. Once again, amazing job.
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you and you're welcome. I always find it worrisome when people leave out creatures that also need our help just because they're less popular or people have a common fear of them. We've hunted species to extinction before due to greed and ignorance, allowing for others to be wiped out by this disaster is just as heinous.

Again, thank you :hug:
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Rokosamii Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
You're incredibly welcome.
Good luck in the contest, and I'll definitely spread your links around.
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks you, and the spread of the links is much appreciated! The more people know, the more we can fight this.
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Zoe-the-Pink-Ranger Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Brilliantly done.
And in an upcoming image, I will be including (now) a regular shark as well as a WereShark.
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good to know. =)
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Zoe-the-Pink-Ranger Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
I wasn't 100% sure on the sharks being there before :blush:
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
All it takes is a little research =D
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Zoe-the-Pink-Ranger Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Yeah... research.
That thing that I tend to forget and just get on with the drawing ;)
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You should never underestimate the power of research. Creativity is important in art, but knowing what you're doing can make your work spectacular. Whenever I start something new and ambitious I do research on the subject-matter so that (while I can take artistic licenses) it will be accurate. =)
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Zoe-the-Pink-Ranger Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
A wise policy.
With most of my fan-art, the research phase was over 10 years ago ;)
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Even if your research of the characters is done you could always research anatomy, poses, object/scenes/buildings/clothes that you could include. Look through a book on Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus or Constructivism sometime - They may strike a creative nerve =D
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lauricedeephd Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
I really appreciate your getting our attention about snakes! There are so many wildlife species that live in and around the Gulf that we should consider in our fight against oil spills, as well as so many other human threats.

I really appreciate your expressing your thoughts about the oil spill through your wonderful illustration, as well as through your words. So very well founded!

I just established a new group called #SaveWildCetaceans and would very much like to invite you to join in the fight on behalf of wild cetaceans, other marine wildlife, and their precious open-sea environments. I very much look forward to hearing from you!
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for your appreciation of my piece =)

I'm trying to give support where I can so I would love to join your group.
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icebear727 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Poor snakies. He looks so sad. :(
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
He is very sad =(
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icebear727 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
:(
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SallyVinter Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hopefully we can all pool together and stop something like this from happening again. Then snakey and all his buddies will be happy.
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icebear727 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Yeah. Nobody likes an unhappy snake. :(
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