Digital painting created using Corel Painter v X for a set of First Day Cover envelopes for Australia Post (issue date Aug 1 2011).
This painting used elements from two reference pictures, the quokkas being in separate shots.
As fellow WA residents (aka Sandgropers) will know, these endearing little marsupials are only found in the SW corner of this state, namely Rottnest Island off the coast from Perth and Bald Island much further South near Albany. I was on Rottnest recently and saw quite a few of these gorgeous, timid, yet friendly little critters hopping around. Although ‘nocturnal’, they can be found during the day, usually under low vegetation, as seen here. I know my portrayal of them looks ‘cartoony’ but believe me, they really are this cute and adorable. The one in the foreground is holding a ‘frond’ from a Norfolk Island Pine.