Elephants are now being born without tusks because of poaching

An increasing number of African elephants are now born tuskless because poachers have consistently targeted animals with the best ivory over decades, fundamentally altering the gene pool. In some areas 98 per cent of female elephants now have no tusks, researchers have said, compared to between two and six per cent born tuskless on average in the past.  Almost a third of Africa’s elephants have been illegally slaughtered by poachers in the past ten years to meet demand for ivory in Asia, where there is still a booming trade in the material, particularly in China.


Midbus’s tusks remain one of his most challenging parts for me to draw. I think the problem is, tusks can block information that helps us to read expressions. Midbus’s jaw is squarish and massive, but I don’t go for that wide shovel octogon people draw on orc’s, so his mouth isn’t as distended and massive as most people draw them and so I find myself having to figure out the tusk issue on my own.

then there’s other issues. Tusks or mouth shape first? Make them both curve towards the center or have one more frontal or the same direction? What size is best? Etc

It’s tough to figure out and I’m working on expanding the range of emotion I can convey with Midbus, and also figuring out how I want to depict his tusks. I may just punch bowz mun in the arm to help me since they’re pretty killer at mouths. -_-

anyway what do y’all think of these? any suggestions?