Wow!!! Since yesterday, it’s raining backers, so not only we reached four digit but with 1050 we’re getting closer as well to the 1080 final stretch goal!!
To thank you properly for all your support, I promised a surprise for the 1000 milestone (beyond the spanish version now available!). Here it is.
My very talented friend Geoffroy Moneyron, animator and storyboard artist, had the great idea to animate one of the fieldwork fails. He chose the story of Aditya Gangadharan and made an amazing work transforming the illustration into an animated short!
(sorry, no sound for now… I hope to make a version with sound later!)
If you’re interested by Geoffroy’s work, please follow his tumblr!
Thanks all of you for helping to reach this great step!!!
I was in Serengeti National Park [in Tanzania] working as a research assistant for the Serengeti Cheetah project. One of the aims of the project was to find out which male cheetahs fathered cubs. To do so we collected the poop of as many cheetahs as possible to get their DNA.
What drove you to this field ?
I’ve always loved animals, and being able to be in the wild and watch and puzzle over animal behavior is what attracted me to field biology.
Did #Fieldworkfail had any impact on your professional life ?
#fieldworkfail makes small talk with other biologists so much easier. Whenever a awkward pause threatens to emerge, I just ask them for their best #fieldworkfail story. Works especially well with senior scientists because they tend to have a lot of stories.
Yesterday a friend asked me to tell more about the last reward, the « watercolor painted in Amazon rainforest ».
Good idea. Let me tell you the little story behind this reward (and also about a new one coming).
It was a few months ago. I already had this blog, illustrating fieldwork fails (but not yet the project of making a book).
And then I received a message from a Peruvian scientist, Roxana. She was working in a biological station in Amazon rainforest, Southeast Peru, in one of the most preserved natural places in the world.
In Cocha Cashu, the name of the field station, researchers and scientists conduct studies in the site, on like primates, birds, jaguars, and forest composition.
Dano Grayson – SDZG
Roxana kindly invited me to come to Cocha Cashu, as a cooperation between scientists and artists! I would be honored to participate to the communication of the biological station and visit such a place, so of course I accepted!
It’s a place quite cut off from the rest of the world, there is only boats once every 2 weeks and it takes several days to go there. I would stay a whole month there, sketching and observing the scientists who themselves observe animals 😉
I plan to go to the biological station in October/November and I hope I could post a lot of sketches and illustrations in the fieldworkfail blog. I’d like to draw the rainforest and capture the life in Cocha Cashu. There is also the possibility for me to illustrate some live fieldwork fails while there. These may be things that interest all of you 🙂
The watercolor proposed in the reward would be one of the watercolors I plan to paint during this month of Cosha Cashu fieldwork.
As a sample of these watercolors might look like, here are some watercolors I did on the other side of the Amazon rainforest, in French Guyana.
Because I plan to sketch a lot at Cocha Cashu, I’m also creating a new reward : « Deluxe Set + Sketch ».
These are examples of sketches I draw with pen and ink.
(here again in French Guyana)
I plan to allow Cocha Cashu to use copies of the drawings I create for education and communication purposes. Originals though will be available in the rewards for the FieldworkFail Kickstarter project. 🙂
Cosha Cachu’s mission is to contribute to the knowledge and conservation of tropical biological diversity.
I was planning to add some news for the halfway milestone, but because of you, the Kickstarter went so fast it already is beyond 66% FUNDED, with more than 200 backers!
Another great news: The project has been featured by Kickstarter!
You’ll see on the project page a little heart: it means the Kickstarter staff selected the project as “Project We Love”, giving it much more visibility from the Kickstarter categories (so far, 20% of the backers have found the project directly on Kickstarter).
I am very grateful about all the help I received the last days. Backing, sharing, and various offers of direct help.
Thank you all for such an amazing launch. Let’s keep the momentum going!