Thanks, BogusRed. Actually the deer is not posing. It's a springbok, native only to South Africa and it is famous for it's high jumps. "Springbok" is actually Afrikaans for "Jump deer". It is in mid-air in this painting.
the background is INCREDIBLE. Awesome job there... really, i love this. But the deer...i dont know, he clashes with the background. I would have seen a grazing deer or maybe the deer staring right at us, as if he heard us... But the background, ahhh man, great!
Hi Merimask. This is a watercolor with just a little pen. I did it on light watercolor paper, first doing a background wash. I then waited for it to dry and used a very rough dry-brush technique for the grass. I outlined the springbok in black Biro so he would stand out against the background.
Beautiful lil springbok! I like the warm color palette you used. It's very much in keeping with what I remember Africa being like. Although, I would have made the sky blue rather than gold like you did. To me it looks too much like the savanna was on fire. Still, he's beautiful and if your boss liked it, that's great!
*nods* I'm not all that great at backgrounds either. I'm wondering if you had made it look a bit more like grass it would have looked like it, then again I'm seeing online and not the original, so I don't know how detailed it was that never came through when you scanned it.