Okapi family! Watercolor.
The original is being shipped off to the Sacramento Zoo as part of a fundraiser for their new okapi exhibit, but prints will be available later!
Okapis are the only extant relative of giraffes! They live in the jungle and were one of the last large mammals to be discovered (by the western world) in 1901
Second, I love how these are actual animals and not fantasy creatures.
Yep! These are real creatures! When the western world was first searching for the "african unicorn", explorers were baffled as they were looking for a forest zebra and found 2 toed footprints, which a zebra wouldn't have.
The British governer of Uganda saved some pygmies who had been captured to be put on a show tour, and essentially saved them from slavery and returned them home, and they helped him find the first pelts and bones, as the native peoples had known of the okapi for thousands of years.
The story itself is pretty fantasy, if you ask me!
This is amazing!
Seriously, though, I'm using Watercolored pencils here, as I like the textured look. if you want to get clean lines with watercolor you should get a GOOD quality liner brush, preferably a sable. They hold the water and pigment well and also hold a fine point so it's good for lines. That's how I paint all of the thin details, or things like eyes, etc which need a delicate touch.
Watercolors can be a TON of fun, but also a little difficult to first start! Don't give up, and feel free to ask any questions.