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First of 4 digital paintings created using Corel Painter vX for a proposed WWF stamp issue for Ethiopia.
This painting is based on 3 separate ref photos: One for the background, one for the female and one for the male. As is often the case with animals with large horns or antlers, it’s very difficult to show the complete animal on a stamp unless it is very small. I wanted a ‘portait’ here so the horns had to be cropped, but I will be showing the male again in another design where he is in the background so all his horns are visible. Also when I design the First Day Cover designs for this issue (which are a different format to stamps) I will probably re-use this artwork, but will add the rest of the horns.

I have been a freelance illustrator for over 40 years. For the last 10 years or so, I have been working exclusively digitally, using Corel Painter x V on PC. I do NOT manipulate photographs to create my paintings. I use photos for reference purposes only.

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  • Tempe
    Tempeover 4 years ago

    wow, intense look to that big fella……..sense of 3D is magic feeling like his face pokes from the screen. maybe too much developing fumes you think ?

  • Thanks Tempe. His is a bit ‘in yer face’ isn’t he? Couldn’t resist using that shot for a c/u even though it meant losing the horns in this one. Who needs 3d tv? Get a bottle of developer and take a whiff! Xxx

    – DilettantO

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellover 4 years ago


  • Thank you Catherine. It’s all in the eyes you know…. X

    – DilettantO

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Stunning work my friend, and I agree with Tempe there is a 3D in-your-face feel with this one since you decided to go close with the portrait and lose some of the antlers. Gorgeous eye work as ever Owen, and lovely deep colorings in the bg. A Big Bravo from moi!!

  • Thanks Rosie. Yeah that bg makes all the difference. In the re pics both animals were right up against some undergrowth which looked okay but not dramatic enough and didn’t give any idea of what kind of environment these critters live in, so I switched it. Shame you can’t see more of it really. It’s quite dramatic. Xxx

    – DilettantO

  • Digidi
    Digidiover 4 years ago

    love those come to bed eyes lol :0)

  • Best of luck going to bed with one of them!!!
    Thanks Di! XX

    – DilettantO

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...over 4 years ago

    Brilliant blending, I love the 3D effect too!

  • Thanks Helen. Painting digitally enables a far greater degree if 3 dimensionality than I could ever achieve with paint and I think it’s because with gouache it’s hard to get the luminosity that you can when painting with ‘light’. What is surprising is that even when printed the images still look very 3D. X

    – DilettantO

  • Lozzie5243
    Lozzie5243over 4 years ago

    What amazing looking animals – their colouring is beautiful and yes, the eyes really look straight through you. I can think of a few people like that……..oops, sorry. What a pity you’ll not see all the detail as it will be on a stamp – all credit to you Hon……. XX :)

  • Thanks Lozzie. Yeah shame I can’t offer these for sale as prints but at least it’s possible to see the detail on a monitor. I hope to have another pic done tomorrow or Monday. XXXXX

    – DilettantO

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosover 4 years ago

    your artwork really is amazing… it….
    Pam :)

  • Thanks Pam. I’ll have another one of these posted tomorrow, a female with a calf…big ‘Awwwwwww factor’…X

    – DilettantO

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Sandra. A lovely unexpected surprise! X

    – DilettantO

  • Teacup
    Teacupover 4 years ago

    who’s watching who!! great detail and congrats on the well deserved feature… x

  • Thanks Teacup. I’m always surprised to get featured and this one was no exception! XXX

    – DilettantO

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature of this great artwork!

  • Thank you Trish. I hope to post the final in this series later today or tomorrow. X

    – DilettantO

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