QUOKKA (Setonix brachyurus) DIGITAL PAINTING. NOT A PHOTOGRAPH by DilettantO

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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.


quokka, setonix brachyurus, marsupial, rottnest island, australian wildlife, nature

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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  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...over 3 years ago

    Beautifully portrayed… Is the Norfolk Pine over there? They are totally cute!

  • Yeah, there are lots of them. Quite common along this part of the WA coast, including Rottnest. X

    – DilettantO

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savilleover 3 years ago

    Cuties xo

  • Thanks Diana. They certainly are. I got a little bit of video of them while I was there.

    – DilettantO

  • rightasrain
    rightasrainover 3 years ago

    So well done Owen!

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work on these cute little marsupials !
    I have seen them on Rottnest Island, but didn’t know they were on the mainland.

  • Thanks Trish. No, I didn’t know until recently that they were also found somewhere other than Rottnest, but interestingly, on another island. I don’t know anything about Bald Island so I don’t know if it’s easily accessible by people (and all the crap they bring with them, including plastic bags, bottles, dogs, cats, mice, rats etc etc) I hope not…I will Google it and see what I can find X

    – DilettantO

  • Well, the good news about Bald Island is that it is a nature reserve. but the bad news is that means people can go there. One can only hope they are all responsible people. Apparently it’s also home to 9 (at the last count) Potoroos,
    Haven’t been to Albany since was a kid, and I have no plans to go there, but it’s nice to know that Bald Island is being looked after by responsible people who hopefully are able to monitor who else turns up. X

    – DilettantO

  • Tempe
    Tempeover 3 years ago

    awwwwww too cute. i lurve the eyes, you have them sparkling with mischief.

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Thanks for all that added info ! Hopefully being on an island
    they will remain safe from the potential predators kept as pets !

  • …and those that probably aren’t, like rats, who can easily ‘stow away’ on boats. X

    – DilettantO

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingover 3 years ago

    this is ever so sweet and adorable!!! warms my heart

  • Thanks Heather. You should see them for real! They really are this cute. X

    – DilettantO

  • tinypaws
    tinypawsover 1 year ago

    Really amazing detailed work!

  • Thank you, As you’ve probably noticed if you’ve looked at the rest of my stuff, I’m a bit of a ‘detail freak’, no matter what the subject.

    – DilettantO

  • tinypaws
    tinypawsover 1 year ago

    ;0)) …That is why I like your work so much.;0)
    I also love to work in the finest detail but your work is excellent.

  • Thanks again, Just checked out your work and Followed. Lovely evocative work. I try to capture that in my painting. I have a good camera (Nikon D90) but I don’t use it that much, in fact the ref pic I used for the background painting of my most recent posting ( Bald Eagle) I actually took with my iPhone but the quality was good enough to use as a ref shot for the painting.

    – DilettantO

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