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Okapi Family by kiki-doodle Okapi Family by kiki-doodle

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

Did a bit of experimental stuff here. Traditional paintings are always an adventure for me.
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Emilou1985 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Okapis are my spirit animal. This is awesome. I hope they get a new exhibit.
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
They;re getting a gorgeous new one!  The fundraiser is just to help offset costs <3
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AgentDD2950 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I so love the watercolor. This bring out harmony and peaceful world all together. 
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Goldenstar134 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Professional Artist
I love okapis
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Me too! <3
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saniika Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
Such beautiful cheerful picture, I feel much better after looking at it <3
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
awww that's my goal with drawing!
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RainO3 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
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Keralice Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The contrast of purple and green is awesome *^* 
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I LOVE greens and purples. I've always found that a warm purple makes a nice shadow color for greens while retaining the life of the object and without making it spooky.
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RainO3 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
First of all, wow. watercolor, seriously? That's real good.
Second, I love how these are actual animals and not fantasy creatures.

GrEaT WoRK!
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Yeah, watercolor!  I primarily work digitally, so watercolor is a nice relaxing break for me.

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!
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RainO3 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for that little history lesson lol.
also, Uganda brings back a dead meme memory.. COUGH
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I hope that meme remains dead.
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RainO3 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
lol same
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citywolfwarrior Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018
I'm gonna share this on FB with my friend. She loves okapi
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
That's wonderful, thanks!  Please link them to my page!
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CoffeeOtter Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Student Writer
Howwww did you manage to outline everything so cleanly with watercolours?
This is amazing!
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
one million years of practice.

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.
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CoffeeOtter Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Student Writer
Thank you for replying! Trying to get back into watercolours myself and your art blew my mind. Still a lot of practice needed but I really appreciate you replying :) xxx
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I don't log in daily anymore, so my replies are often late, but I try to reply when it makes sense :)!

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.
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Loulin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the happy bright colours of the plants and the jungle, it makes for such a contrast to the okapis' brown+ black/white hues. A really sweet scene.
Okapis rule! :)
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Okapis are amazing!  I really wanted to bring a ton of colors into this without diluting from the stark contrast of the okapi!  Glad it worked out!
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NurRayArt Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Traditional Mediums: Expect The Unexpected Results & Shit
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Basically.
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Noxaunu Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Student Digital Artist
oh my gosh those colors are wonderful! and the style you painted the okapis in is soo sweet!
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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lonesome-wolf-child Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awww what beautiful colours! :heart: I love the way the okapi are standing out against the bright colours like this. I love how happy they look as well! What a fun and lovely piece! :aww:
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  I was a bit scared jumping into this piece as I allowed the colors to flow naturally rather than actually plan them out as I try to do for most larger paintings!
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xWolfie36x Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Aaaaaa!!!! <333
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CasinoTheOtter Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww I love the details and lines!
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