I'm Rew - the illustrator & designer behind Byte Size Treasure.
I have a love for all animals on this planet, but I will forever be entranced by the vast, mysterious world that lies beneath the surface of our oceans.
I aim to highlight the diversity and importance of sharks, a keystone species in our planet's ecosystems, while also raising awareness about the threats they face.
I am fascinated by the intricate details and unique characteristics of all aquatic species, not just sharks, and I strive to convey these qualities through my illustrations in a fun and colorful way.
Ultimately, my goal is to use my art to advocate for the protection of all ocean animals and their habitats. I hope to inspire a greater appreciation for the wonders of the ocean and to encourage people to take action to preserve it for future generations.
Sharks are an ancient family of fish and are a vital part of our global ecosystem. As a keystone species, they maintain the delicate balance of the food chain. If sharks disappear, the entire system is pushed into turmoil and our world-wide ecosystems will crumble.
Despite their importance, shark populations are decimated globally due to humans - nearly 100 million sharks are killed every year due to commercial and recreational fishing. This, paired with the "man-eating monster" stereotype sharks have gotten over the years, has left sharks fighting for their survival.
As a conscious decision, I decided that I wanted to tackle showing sharks in a more positive light. Though my characters are mostly happy, cute, and colorful - they are based on real life sharks and I use them to educate and inspire.
But it's not just sharks. Even to this day, 80% of our oceans are unmapped and unexplored.
Think of all the unique life we have yet to discover!
Taking inspiration from the world around me, I vow to use my art to educate, foster love & appreciation, and emphasize the importance of animals & ocean conservation.