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Published: May 25, 2008
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I've been planning this one for about a year now. Obviously, I've spent most of that time not working on it but on and off I've been refining the list and getting photo reference.
Now it's finally done.

At the risk of getting into a rant, I'll be brief.
I'm sick of seeing the same animals again and again in animal A to Zs because I don't understand what makes an Ostrich more of an animal than an Okapi... apart from laziness.

These are all painted on one spiral bound sketchbook of hand-made paper made by 'khadi papers'.
Each painting is just gouache and 13.5 x 15 cm

The list:

Dusky Dolphin
Hermit Hummingbird
Red Panda
Sun Bear
Vervet Monkey
Image size
1600x833px 1.42 MB
Shutter Speed
10/10000 second
Focal Length
8 mm
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Date Taken
May 25, 2008, 3:14:48 PM
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CreaturemasterProds's avatar
CreaturemasterProds|Student General Artist
To be fair, not many animals of note (as in, they aren't random species of bugs or invertebrates) start with X, Y, or Z . . . but yeah, I see your point with the other letters. Always annoyed me how A always started with ant instead of something like an aardvark or an alpaca every now and again.
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AlexAndersonRoman's avatar
Alpacas are very cute like overgrown hamsters.

My Edition One of my personal ABC animal sets starts anteater. You know, the South American ones like the stereotypical giant anteater and the tamamduas?

The same edition does star an invertebrate which are my favorite sea creatures, the starfish. Edition 1 also has other obscurities lile binturong, fulmar, viscacha, and they end Y and Z (yapok and zorilla).

Of course I used more popular animals like elephant, koala, and jaguar, as well as pets, like canary, guinea pig, and hamster.
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SnakeChompinBoar's avatar
I knew 16 of them. I spent half my childhood reading natural history books. (I'd have gotten them all but I spent the other half reading Tom and Jerry comic books.) 
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tinkerpaws|Professional Traditional Artist
I used many of the same animals in my A-Z as well. Either under-appreciated or not as well known, or, in my case (since I did it as a gift) particular favorites of the person it was dedicated to. That's how super-common ones got into mine such as Tiger and Zebra.
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sc0rch's avatar
fantastic textures!
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DGXZ's avatar
DGXZ|Student Digital Artist
Wow they r good especially the whale shark
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RukahTsubasa's avatar
i love how you used uncommon animals too!
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Duffzilla's avatar
That was the inspiration for the series :) Thanks :)
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RukahTsubasa's avatar
brilliant work!
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urcullu's avatar
my dear sir:

i wish these were for sale at the store. i now teach 5th grade and need a cursive alphabet for school >.< LOL
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Duffzilla's avatar
hey! Long time no speak :D
These are available as prints..pity there's no discount codes or anything on dA. If you want to, we can figure something out.
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ihartsnape|Student General Artist
A very unique and refreshing A to Z collection of animal paintings. You've put a tremendous amount of work into this series, but what wonderful work! Just stunning! :clap:
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Duffzilla's avatar
Thank you!
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darkespeon's avatar
übercool. :D I knew most of these, but not all of them. Awesome artwork!
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sonnet-contempo's avatar
wow great and a DD

yeah some animals are not very much loved unlike the others

but here near our place there is a festival in honor of the Whalesharks
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enonea's avatar
btw, is the ostrich really depicted more often than e.g. the otter?
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Duffzilla's avatar
Not necessarily, there are a couple of variations on every letter but the Ostrich is definitely the most common O in books where I live.
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enonea's avatar
not where I live :D (different language) searching in google images it's the otter... works for both our languages
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kiwii-becher's avatar
aghh I love this : ]
the addition of the numbat makes it even better : 0
they're one of my favorite animals and hardly anyone knows what they are : [

but ahghhhh I still love your simplistic, yet effective style?? I'm not too good at putting things into words fff
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Duffzilla's avatar
when in doubt... emoticon!

but actually, I appreciate you choosing to say it with words.
Thank you :)
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Aeorys's avatar
OMG OKAPI and AARDWOLF. <3 I love you now.
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Duffzilla's avatar
Wow! I didn't know it was so easy to get people to like me :D
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Aeorys's avatar
XD Fuzzy, unloved animals are always a good way. Awesome work, dude.
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