August 29, 2016
An illustration for Current Conservation Vol 10 Issue 2, for a conversation between Amitav Ghosh and Kartik Shanker on Ghosh’s newest book – The Great Derangement, and our apparent inability (even indifference) to the global effects of climate change, and how collective action to counter these are mired in opinion or belief rather than a considered response to facts. The illustration was created using the author’s analysis of modern historical events and current ways of living; making cataclysmic storms, tornadoes and rising sea levels possibly an inevitable result of anthropogenic climate change.
August 17, 2016
Cover for Current Conservation Vol 10 Issue 2, showing the bleaching and gradual deterioration of corals in response to rising sea temperatures caused by climate change. Based on the article “Living with Change: local responses to global impacts in India’s oceanic coral reefs” by Rohan Arthur, Vardhan Patankar and Naveen Namboothri, in this issue.
October 16, 2014
My illustration for The Constant Gardener, an article on dugong feeding behaviour written by Elrika D’Souza and Vardhan Patankar, for Current Conservation magazine’s issue 8.2.
The article describes how dugongs feed in seagrass meadows (their principal food source) by completely grazing them down; and leaving these fields for other areas for a time long enough to allow the depleted areas to regenerate. Thus the dugongs tend to these meadows like gardeners, ensuring for themselves a supply of desirable, high-nutrition seagrass species — while keeping the growth of low-nutrition high-fibre species down through their grazing cycles.
The illustration shows a pair of dugongs working through some seagrass fields, leaving “trails” which eventually grow over again.
Read the article here.
MORE: On Vardhan’s blog, more details on the ongoing dugong study in the Andaman & Nicobar archipelago; on how dugong conservation efforts involve caring for its habitat and involving the local communities in protecting this species.
March 13, 2013
Current Conservation magazine’s Vol 5, Issue 2 is finally out, with my barking pie dog cover!
These featured article illustrations are about the negative impact of the domestic dog population upon wildlife – dogs seem to prey upon, stress out, pass on illnesses to, and compete for resources with those already perplexed and not-so-populous wild animal species in the same territory.
This infographic shows domestic dogs and their impacts on ecology beyond their typical roles within and around human settlements.
August 31, 2012
A poster for Current Conservation magazine inspired by David Quammen‘s mighty thought-provoker The Song of the Dodo. This is the Indri, a koala-esque lemur exclusive to the island of Madagascar, little-known, mysterious and on the verge of (a quiet, unbelievable sort of) extinction.
November 28, 2011
Editorial illustrations for Current Conservation magazine, with those firecracker folk at Pencil Sauce.
The boundaries between leopard and people habitats blur and intertwine and tangle. Now, the dark adventures of the new urban leopard?