We tend to oversee how much work goes into something that seems simple once it’s done. Take Brooke Barker’s drawings for example. An illustration of an animal next to a sad fact about that animal is nothing too complicated, yet it can take her a lot of time and effort to create her work.
First she needs to do the research. In the library, she finds the scientific papers and National Geography magazines and browses them for possible content. Then she goes home and illustrates the desired animal – by hand or on computer. Depending on the animal, this can be easier or more difficult.
“Some animals are a little easier for me to draw, especially cats and raccoons, and some are a little trickier, sloths, anteaters, anything I haven’t seen a lot,” Brooke says. If she’s not sure how an animal looks like, she does a thorough research and draws several versions before comitting to one.
And finally, this is what she gets.