Australian Animal Collection – Whale

Australia is home to the largest population of humpback whales in the world, with an estimated 40,000 individuals migrating along its coast each year.

Whale Artwork

While some whale species in Australia are considered endangered, others are not. The most threatened whale species in Australian waters is the southern right whale. They were heavily hunted during the whaling era, leading to a significant decline in their population. Today, they face threats such as entanglement in fishing gear, ship strikes, and habitat degradation. Another endangered species is the blue whale, which was also heavily targeted by whalers. Despite being protected since the 1960s, their population is slow to recover due to their slow reproductive rate and continued threats from ship strikes and ocean noise pollution. Other whale species, such as humpback whales, have shown signs of recovery since the cessation of commercial whaling, but they still face threats from entanglement, pollution, and habitat degradation.

Learn more facts about our Australian animals and see some beautiful artworks to go with them. Visit the below pages of your favourite Australian animals.

Whale Art Print

Australian Animal Collection – Kingfisher

Australian kingfishers have a unique hunting technique called “bill-clicking.” When they spot a prey, they rapidly snap their bills shut, creating a loud clicking sound. This sound stuns or disorients the prey, making it easier for the kingfisher to catch its meal!

Kingfisher Artwork

Kingfishers are not considered endangered in Australia. In fact, Australia is home to several species of kingfishers. While some species of kingfishers may face localized threats due to habitat loss or degradation, overall, they are not currently at risk of extinction in Australia. However, it is important to note that conservation efforts and habitat preservation are crucial to ensure the long-term survival of these beautiful birds.

Learn more facts about our Australian animals and see some beautiful artworks to go with them. Visit the below pages of your favourite Australian animals.

Australian Kingfisher Print

Australian Animal Collection – Manta Ray

Manta rays are known for their acrobatic skills and love for somersaults! These graceful creatures often perform impressive flips and twists in the water, seemingly just for the sheer joy of it. If you ever have the chance to witness a manta ray’s aerial acrobatics, consider yourself lucky to witness their playful nature in action!

Manta Ray Artwork

Manta rays in Australia are considered to be vulnerable and are protected under the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. They face various threats, including habitat degradation, pollution, entanglement in fishing gear, and targeted fishing for their gill plates, which are used in traditional medicine. Conservation efforts are being made to protect and preserve these magnificent creatures, including the establishment of marine protected areas and research initiatives to better understand their population dynamics and behavior.

Learn more facts about our Australian animals and see some beautiful artworks to go with them. Visit the below pages of your favourite Australian animals.

Manta Ray Art Prints

Limited Palette Challenge – 3 Barren Sunrise

The sun ascended over the barren landscape, golden rays danced upon the desolate earth, breathing life into the forgotten corners of desolate plains.

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These are beautiful colours, they go perfectly together. I enjoyed creating this one the most so far. Procreate Pocket is a wonderful little app. Definitely worth the small cost.

Barren Sunrise Art Print – download

Find all the whole limited colour palette series in my Etsy Store – BLUE UNICORN DIGITAL.

How to Print your own Art Prints

Purchasing a downloadable Art Print from your favourite artist will be a cheaper more cost-effective way to bring colour and life into your space. It helps the artist, who let’s face it, is more than likely struggling to even cover costs let alone earn a wage. It also allows you to have some killer artwork to brighten your day and because it is so affordable you can inter-change them often.

There are a couple of things you need to be aware of when printing your own art prints.

Firstly, it is absolutely do-able on your printer at home. You may not get the Giclee quality – after all there is a reason you spend an arm and a leg. However, you will get some really good quality prints to frame and mount in your home or office or to give as a gift.

If you are printing in colour make sure you have enough colour ink in your printer. I can not stress this enough – your art print will look terrible if the colour is out of balance.

For black and white sketches, increasing the sharpness of your image slightly can be advantageous.

TIP: Make sure if you have the digital file, keep a copy of the un-touched image incase you go overboard with editing.

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You may need to print it more than once to get it perfect.  All printers and monitors are different – one printer might print vivid bold colour, where another it may be a little pale and lack luster. If you are printing a digital print from an artist, you shouldn’t have to mess about too much but adjusting the brightness and the contrast slightly can make the world of difference.

Size matters – and it’s not always the biggest that’s best. When an artist sketches or paints an image, they paint it at a certain size. Most artists selling downloadable prints will have a set size – you will be able to decrease the size and still have a beautiful image – increasing the size too much will have a detrimental effect on the details of the image. This should be avoided. You will lose some detail in an art print (sometimes brush strokes will look smoother) already. Keep this in mind. No more than a 5% increase in size is advised.

Paper – one of the most important parts. I print on to good quality sketch or water colour paper. At least 250gsm. This gives it a professional feel and look once printed. I would steer clear of any paper that is too rough (tooth). Smooth paper with a little bit of grain is perfect.

TIP: Print on to regular paper in black and white to save ink if you are unsure about size. Once you have the size adjusted perfectly, print in colour on regular paper. Once you are happy with the composition of that, only THEN print on to your good paper. This paper can get pricey, save yourself some money.

On a very serious note, if buying a digital downloadable print from an artist, it is still subject to copywrite. You are still only able to print a few copies for your own personal use. They are in no means there for you to sell on or use as your own art. Cutting out the artist signature is illegal in many countries. Remember that the art print is cheaper for 2 reasons, to allow the artist to possible actually earn some money off their talents and to allow you the consumer affordable art. Both reasons are too put more art into the community, which I believe is an essential part of life.

Art brings joy to those who appreciate it. As well as sometimes causing controversy and making people talk about things that otherwise would not be spoken about.

See the downloadable prints available in my Etsy store.