UnCharismatic Critters

When we talk and think about protecting the animals we share our planet with, we tend to focus on the charismatic megafauna. These are the larger animals with popular appeal such as tigers, pandas, elephants and whales. Other animals like bugs, creepy crawlies, frogs and bats get overlooked, no matter how important they are to healthy environments and communities. Hana's residency focused on these less charismatic, often misunderstood and sometimes downright hated animals. She used drawing to bring them into the light and to bring attention to their importance and what we can do to protect them. This is something she has already begun doing here and there over the years - combining her artistic practice with a background in zoology and a love for weird and wonderful creatures - and is something she would love to spend even more time delving into. UnCharismatic Critters explored innovative and creative ways to highlight and uncover the lesser known and lesser liked animals which we share our planet with through a week-long residency. Have look at Hana's workshops, interviews and more below. How about you grab a pencil and get drawing?

How to draw a fly

Join Hana Ayoob for a quick Zoom workshop where she'll guide you through drawing a fly & chat with forensic entomologist Dr Amoret Whitaker to discuss her work with blow flies. Recorded Mon 28 Jun 2021.

Hana with The Big Draw

Hana chats with The Big Draw director, Kate Mason, talking drawing, creativity, art, science, creepy crawlies and a lot more! Recorded Tue 29 Jun 2021.

Talking Snakes

Hana takes over the Big Draw Instagram to chat with herpetologist Steven Allain about all about snakes!
Recorded Wed 30 Jun 2021.
Talking Spiders
Hana continues her Instagram takeover with ecologist Liam Nash, talking all things spiders. Do you love our eight-legged friends?! Recorded on Fri 2 Jul 2021.

How to draw a bat

Watch Hana's Zoom workshop where she'll guide you through drawing a bat, joined by bat researcher Dr Susan Tsang to discuss her work with flying foxes. Recorded on Zoom on Sat 3 Jul 2021.
You can see all the amazing illustrations and more pictures from Hana's world map over on Twitter in our Twitter Moment, UnCharismatic Critters.

We'll be sure to let you know when the full map is complete!
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