It felt a little like cheating to start to draw farm animals. But in their own right, they are just as good of subjects as their wild counterparts. All of them, at one time, were wild. Just the hand of man made them into what seems like mundane animals, due in part to their familiarity no doubt. But having noticed that I was getting a fair amount of requests for them, along with encouragement from those around me, I have decided to create a series of farm animal images, that will include the most frequently encountered animals, such as the sheep, goat, pig, cow and so forth. If you have a specific request for a domestic farm animal, or would like information on how to commission the artist, please send an email with details to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domestic farm animals - also called "livestock" refers to any animal that has been domesticated or deliberately bred to serve in an agricultural use for humans. Animals are raised by humans to provide food and other products, often for profit. Humans are believed to have started domesticating animals as far back as 8000 BCE in Asia, where evidence of the keeping of goats and sheep has been found. Many different animals can be considered livestock, even fish or poultry, however some do not consider these animals as such. Livestock have many uses beyond providing food for humans. They can be used for their dung, which makes excellent fertilizer, labor in hauling and carrying humans and cargo as well as land management. A good example of this is goats being used to clear grassy areas that might otherwise get overgrown and become a fire hazard. Due to large operation farming, the conditions and treatment of these animals has become controversial, with many groups such as PETA often confronting the animal owners and secretly videotaping conditions in order to raise awareness of the problem. It has also come to that large farms have a very negative influence on the environment, with land deforestation, pollution from animal waste, inefficient use of water along with other problems being raised by various groups.