200% funded

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So many great news!

I usually prefer focusing on one big news for each update, but today I don’t have the choice, because we have 3 big news!! Where should I start? (more…)

Cheetah Poop



[Updated June 2016]


fieldworkfail interview
We continue with Anne the serie of questions !

Where were you at this moment?

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.

Cheetah fieldwork discovering animals

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.

Cheetah fieldwork question3

Thanks Anne!

Cocha Cashu (& the story of the watercolor reward)

We are so close to being fully funded. Thank you for your overwhelming support!

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).

Cocha Cashu

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.

watercolor rainforest

New reward

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.

croquis guyane
(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.


Ken Bohn – Cocha Cashu SDZG

If you are interested in what they do, please follow their Facebook page or look at their website!

Almost there!

Thanks for reading this update and being part of our journey so far!!

We are now VERY close to be fully funded. Maybe tomorrow, or even tonight if we’re very lucky!! Thank you for so much support!


First Mountain Passes


Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!!

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!

-> Fieldworkfail Book on Kickstarter

A Great Start!!!


27% in just 24 hours!!!

Kickstarter page -> fieldworkfail.com/ks/

Thanks a lot!! Many of you shared the project and backed it. It’s not just a good start, it’s a great start!!
Thanks also for all your messages of encouragement, it means a lot for me.

Now with more than 80 backers the project seems closer to become reality, let’s hope we can keep the momentum for the coming days!