"Once again, the fine folks at PangeaSeed have asked me to participate in their print suite! I was really excited to tackle CORAL REEFS, as there was a lot of opportunity for interesting shapes and crazy colors. Of course, once I started on this project, the detail spiraled wildly out of control, and almost drove me mad! But I'm a glutton for punishment (also, burritos) and I hopped right in. Any opportunity to draw sharks and girls, AND help protect the ocean is a no-brainer for me!"
About The Artist
Tim Doyle is an illustrator and print-maker working out of Austin, Texas. Growing up in the suburban sprawl of the Dallas area, he turned inward and sullen, only finding joy in comic-books and television and video games.
Moving to Austin, Texas in 1999 to fulfill a life-long dream of not living in Dallas, Doyle begun painting and showing in galleries in 2001. He self-published a diary zine, ‘Amazing Adult Fantasy’ from 2001-2003. Doyle has held many nerd-friendly jobs, including running a small chain of comic-book stores, as well as designing t-shirts and art-directing the poster series for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
Doyle left ‘jobs’ behind and launched his company- Nakatomi Inc in January of 2009. In the Summer of 2009, Tim Doyle along with artist Clint Wilson built their own screen printing studio, Nakatomi Print Labs, in which they and other artists work out of.
Since then, he has produced art for companies such as Creature Design, The Astor Theatre, ABC/Disney’s Lost Poster project, Mattel’s He-Man art show in LA, has had artwork used by Lucasfilm/ILM, Hasbro, IDW, and really needs to finish that thing for NASA. For reals. Outer space stuff.
Doyle also provided all the visuals and character, alien, and vehicle design for the adaptation of the play The Intergalactic Nemesis into a comic book/ performance Trans-media thing, which debuted as a live-action graphic novel at the Long Center for the Performing arts on Labor Day 2010. The play will be touring with Doyle’s art throughout the country late 2011-2012.
Doyle lives and works in Austin along with his wife and child, and an indeterminate amount of cats. If you’d like a cat, swing on by, no questions asked.
Habitat of the Month: Coral Reefs
Photograph by Jason Suwandy
Coral reefs are one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth and home to more than 25% of all life in the ocean. Coral offers sea creatures shelter, a place to breed and spawn and also house many pharmaceutical properties treating illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and human bacterial infections.
Also known as the “Rainforests of the Sea”, this fragile habitat is made up not only of hard and soft corals, but also sponges, crustaceans, mollusks, fish, sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and much more. - Science estimates that there are between one and eight million marine species still undiscovered in coral habitats.
This fundamental part of the ocean is incredibly sensitive; each component of a coral reef is dependent upon and interconnected with countless other plants, animals and organisms. This means that fluctuations in the abundance of one species can drastically alter both the diversity and populations of others. While natural causes such as hurricanes and other large storm events can be the causes for such alterations, it is more commonly human impacts, that trigger these types of shifts in this vital ecosystem.
Coastal development, pollution, overfishing, ocean acidification and destructive fishing practices such as bottom trawling and dynamite are its major threats.
You can help save coral reef habitats
Donate to organizations working to raise awareness and research such as PangeaSeed, Coral Reef Alliance and the Coral Reef Conservation Research Laboratory at the University of Miami.
Advocate stronger global and regional action to protect coral reefs and the animals that call them Home.
Support the establishment and protection of marine protected areas (MPAs).
Recommend ecotourism and dive/snorkel on coral reefs. This offers sustainable monetary alternatives to overfishing and habitat destruction caused by dynamite and cyanide fishing .
Think twice before you buy. Do not support the trade of coral and endangered ocean animal products and try to reduce your carbon footprint.
Educate yourself, friend and family on the issues facing coral reefs and other threatened marine habitats. Act NOW if we wish to save our seas.