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Okapi Saddled by korat Okapi Saddled by korat
Yeah, I love ink and pen, I love strange animals, and I love okapis. Now, could you ride one? Dunno... but they're terribly cool. I was at the Denver Zoo and watched one for hours. They had to drag me off to finish the zoo.

Very quick pen and ink. I might settle in and do a serious one some time of an okapi.... I really think they're gorgeous.
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Hidden-Member-Ruise Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Someday, this will be our future!
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lorrainicorn Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist
lmao :D
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Michelle56 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love okapis!!! :lol: :)
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
This looks really interesting, and almost tribal somehow. I love the style you used. Something about this is just really eye-appealing.
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rifa Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007
Great concept, and its well drawn as well *awe*
Oh Okapis.
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QueenZebra Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
Such a pretty okapi! The one awesome African animal that's never been truly included. I love the look you gave this one, and the saddle is just precious. He got very shy-okapi look about him, too, which is characteristic for the species. He looks like he's thinking, "Do I run off into the forest as fast as I can with this saddle on me, or do I be polite and let the human take it off me before I run off into the forest as fast as I can?" Classic.

I didn't know they rode them in Swiss Family Robinson! Must go and consult my copy, which is unfortunately a kid's version so it might not have it. Then again, the book is illustrated, so if they do have it, there might be a drawing of the okapi...which would be most amazing but cool :o

Anyways, love the okapi.
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Whirlybirdsf98 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
I like it, it reminds me of an old Native American horse. It gives the feeling of going back to the NA times also, and i like that feeling. :nod: great drawing, okapis are cute. (:
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YSL Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
Well, actually it is possible to ride them and even make them pull a cart. I've seen that twice during a trip to africa. Their tack is quite different but still they are available for riding and cart pulling.
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Lady-KL Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've wondered what it'd be like to ride an okapi as well.
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Dreyfus2006 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are gorgeous. Simply my favorite animal. You and I do share that thought--riding okapis. My, how I'd love to do that! ^_^
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sweetnlow4me Featured By Owner May 2, 2006
oh, this is my favorite animal, i am so glad to see other people who appreciate their awesome uniqueness!!! yay!!! (this picture is beautiful -- great job!)
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Redmagesalyre Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006
Nice, I love the look of the saddle, which seems very tribal in prospective. Riding an okapi might be hard, but then again, I'm writing a series in which there are some unusuall mounts in it.
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HarusGirlfriend Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2005
beautiful, everything about it. I love okapis, and this picture usest every good aspect of them, the saddle almost looks native american, which also gives it a good twist. I give this an A+
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great. I would love an okapi mount of my own.
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jmercedesd Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okapis, the giraffe's only relative... yeah, I'm an okapi lover, too. ^_^ They're so neat to look at and they're so rare these days...

Awesome pic, as always; fabulous detail. I like the oddly mixed ethnic feel of the tack, the feather hanging from the halter looks more Native American, yet it has a very Arabian feel, too.
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elonweis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
They're so pretty... they look like a strange mix of giraffe and zebra. :)
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cibokilley Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2003
he looks like a nervous sea horse. XD

"Ride me? Like, on my back? You mean riding -on- my back, right?"
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shiretoko Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2003
Wow...the detail in this is amazing!

Yeah, I'd really like to know if you could ride one, too...in The Swiss Family Robinson (the book), they did, but I honestly doubt it would be that easy XD

Great work!
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