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OcelotEyes
03-04-2012, 04:49 AM
This is a commissioned painting I have started working on, based on my client's reference photograph. I usually work from my own images - but this commission is fun because it's taken at Etosha National Park in Namibia, one of my favourite places on Earth. And they got closer to a Black-Faced Impala, than I did when I was there, so it's great to have the opportunity to paint this! :)

Black-Faced Impala is a subspecies of the common Impala - with the difference being their distinctive dark facial markings, which will be evident in the painting later. Wikipedia tells it best: "While the species as whole is never endangered, this subspecies had come close to extinction. In 1968 - 1971 310 individuals were transferred to Etosha National Park for better protection, and its number is steadily increasing. However, the current population is still less than 1,000 and interbreeding with the common impala from nearby farms is damaging to the gene pool."

Pardon the terrible lighting, as usual - I swear, there's enough light on my painting desk, just the camera doesn't think so!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Mar-2012/957258-impala-WIP1.jpg


The reference photograph unfortunately did not include the top of the closer horn, but the client's request was that it be included, so I made an educated guess here. The perspective on the horns is rather difficult - fortunately they approve :)


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Mar-2012/957258-impalaWIP2.jpg

aRt4us
03-04-2012, 05:13 AM
Great start, I like what I see so far, will be watching with great interest.

Painting fun
Gary

Kathrin G.
03-04-2012, 06:26 AM
Love the textures of the horns :clap: great start :clap:

KarenESP
03-04-2012, 09:08 AM
Great Start

Misted-Dream
03-04-2012, 12:02 PM
Looks like a wonderful start so far! Can't wait to see how this one comes along. :D

Barb'sArt
03-04-2012, 03:25 PM
Wow! the horns are wonderful already! Watching with excitement to see how this one comes along!

nickib
03-08-2012, 12:10 PM
Those horns are amazing!!! such detail, can't wait to see finish!!!:clap:Nicki

PatrickHedges
03-10-2012, 05:55 AM
Wow Nadya, this is going to be excellent. Love the subject too.

birdlady
03-10-2012, 10:24 AM
peeking in for a update

Laurie

skappy
03-10-2012, 03:01 PM
Great job so far
Robert

OcelotEyes
03-13-2012, 08:09 AM
Thanks so much for your lovely comments everyone! :)

As usual, I get all excited about starting a new piece, then life gets in the way. Hope to work on the impala some more this coming weekend!

FaeLynn
03-13-2012, 09:06 AM
Great job so far!! I'll be following along!

OcelotEyes
04-14-2012, 10:42 AM
YAY AN UPDATE! Happy dance!!!! :) :music:

I finally got time to work on this painting again!

Well I had been working on it in bits and pieces, but didn't take WIP photos. So this is a halfway-to-nearly-done stage, just got the neck to go and to finalise the thorny bush branch!
Actually left the branch "open-ended" at the top of it - that's where it ended in the original reference photo, but thinking about extending it out just a little bit further up to balance the composition a little...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2012/957258-ImpalaWIP3.jpg

Karen70
04-14-2012, 10:54 AM
Looking good.

chammi kaiser
04-14-2012, 12:01 PM
Nadya, Etosha is also my favourite place on earth where you can see the Earth's curve. I love Impala. They are such beautiful supple creatures. Yours is looking superb. Love the horns. Can't wait to see the finish.

Misted-Dream
04-14-2012, 02:42 PM
This is coming along so beautifully! Can't wait to see the finished piece. :D

Colorfur Critters
04-14-2012, 03:47 PM
Wow, it looks so lifelike!

OcelotEyes
05-12-2012, 10:09 PM
Finally finished the Impala :)

Well actually finished him about a week ago but wasn't able to get a proper scan of him until yesterday.

"Black-Faced Impala"
by Nadya Neklioudova - commissioned painting based on client's photo.
ArtSpectrum watercolours and pigment ink on Arches paper,
size about 34x23cm.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2012/957258-impala-small.jpg

Misted-Dream
05-12-2012, 10:21 PM
Beautiful work and lovely finish!

chammi kaiser
05-13-2012, 08:08 AM
Love those ears and horns , Nadya. Thanks for sharing the process. Really enjoyed watching.

rachelstribb
05-13-2012, 01:15 PM
This is lovely, I really like your style of painting, have you ever done any book illustrations? For some reason I can just imagine seeing this in a book!

birdlady
05-15-2012, 10:25 AM
wonderful finish to this WIP and thank you for sharing it. I am amazed at how others work.


Laurie

Dave Hawk
05-15-2012, 12:27 PM
very nice work and your illustration scene of composition is great. Nice Job.

jennaboo88
05-15-2012, 01:01 PM
This is so beautiful! Love the horns. Excellent work!

OcelotEyes
05-16-2012, 08:41 AM
Thank you all so much for your kind comments :) I'm very happy that my client loves the painting too.

Rachelstribb: oh, I would LOVE to do book illustrations. I've done two book covers, but that's about it - one was for a writer who is a friend of the family, and one was from winning a literary anthology cover art contest. But I don't really know how to apply to publishers or how to get my work into books... don't know where to start I guess.

KJSieloff
05-16-2012, 12:14 PM
Wow! This is stunning!!

Kate

wildlifeart89
05-16-2012, 07:23 PM
Wow, beautiful finish. The client must be thrilled!:) I really love the branch, and the texture in the antlers. And the white background. It works perfectly for this piece!
Paige

caponef
05-17-2012, 03:31 PM
Nicely done Nadya! I'm sure your customers are thrilled with the end result!

FaeLynn
05-17-2012, 05:51 PM
Beautiful! Good job!

CSForest
05-19-2012, 04:14 PM
Very nice!
They have such sweet faces, don't they?
And the texture on the horns is fantastic!

jbeausoleil
05-20-2012, 10:57 AM
It was a stand alone by the 2nd photo you posted! Very dramatic horns with just the penciled sketch of the remaining work! Great job on the whole piece.