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Obscure Animal Alphabet - K by Ulario Obscure Animal Alphabet - K by Ulario


I said that that I'd be publicly posting another page of the obscure animal alphabet book project publicly somewhere near the middle of the alphabet. Guess what... I'm nearing in on the middle!

In all honesty, this was the letter that I couldn't WAIT to do. And I had plans of publicly posting this page since I first started the project.

About the Kakapo
Due to conservation efforts, this species is a little less obscure then most of the other animals I try to use for this project, but I've been wanting to use them in the project to spread awareness of this species.

The kakopo (which means "night parrot" in the Maori language) is a large flightless parrot from New Zealand.
There are only about 123 of these birds left in the world and there is a team of people dedicated to saving these animals.

This one in particular wears the clothing patterns and weapons of the Maori people who her species shared their environment with. She even has the Ta Moko tattoos that were worn by the warriors of the Maori tribes. However, unlike the Maori, she is most likely not a cannibal. :p

If you'd like to learn more about the recovery effort of the Kakapo, visit this website: [link]

If you are interested in purchasing a print of this picture... or the original pencil sketch please send an e-mail or PM. I'm donating all money made from this picture to the Kakapo Recovery Programme.

I will not be releasing any more pictures from the Obscure Animal Alphabet until right before the release of the book.

Character & Image 2010 Traci Vermeesch-Vezina
Please DO NOT copy, alter, repost, etc without the consent of the artist! Character/Image are NOT public domain!
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:iconblackokamiangel:
BlackOkamiAngel Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
KAPPA!
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:iconblitsrainer:
BlitsRainer Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
I also wish she was real.
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SilverAmphithere Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, amazing! I remember doing a project on the Kakapo when I was in year five, and I loved researching these exotic parrots. They're beautiful, but manage to be graceful despite their sturdy little builds, and you've portrayed that so well here. :iconkakapoplzplz:
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triptychr Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful bird. Kind of an unfortunate name.
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felix-leg Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This species brings to my mind Dodo, just except the habitat. :sherlock:

btw: I'm curious if you have got all places in your alphabet full up.
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:iconulario:
Ulario Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Only up to the letter L.
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felix-leg Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What about the rest?
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:iconulario:
Ulario Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
They're not finished yet...
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felix-leg Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not drew or not found?
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HeroesFanboy138 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Nice picture, although, something that's always confused me, how do the furred (and in this case feathered) anthros have tattoos? It's probably excusible in this case because I'm assuming the Maori people painted on their tattoos, but it is always confusing on how the inked patterns of modern tattoos apear on the fur in the desired look.

But hey, that doesn't have anything to do with this. Good art, nice work with the face (it must be hard to make look humaniod with the beak), like the costume design. I do want to see more.
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Ulario Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The Maori actually used a ta moko style of tattoo which was carved into the skin with a hammer and chisel made of an albatross bone. The tattoos of a maori are like a fingerprint... it was different for each person. The placement of the markings would narrarate a person's "value", tribal affiliation, number of kills, etc. If someone were to copy a maori's tattoo designs, it would be seen the same as identity theft. Isn't anthropology fun? :p

Anyways, for anthros (my anthro characters anyways) I came up with several methods of tattooing including painting, dying and altering the pigmentation of the hair that grows.
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HeroesFanboy138 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
That actually is pritty intresting, and now I know. :iconthemoreyouknowplz:

I kinda lke it when stuff like that can be justified. Guess it is part of the human mindset, accept the impossible, question the improbable. I can accept an antropomorphic animal, but I have to wonder how it can get tattoos that appear on it's fur or something. I'm weird like that.

So, what do those tattoos tell about her identity and stuff, just out of curiousity?
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:iconulario:
Ulario Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nothing. It was totally a totally random design. I wasn't going to sit down and study the meaning behind Ta Moka tattoos for hours just for a one time character. o_O
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biocoal Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Beautiful picture, I like the design on her face, very good.
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GrayJaeger Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Nice!
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XylidineGriffin Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Silly Kakapo! Another New Zealand parrot I like is the Kea. They are so smart. I'm curious what animal you did for "J" just because my name starts with a j.
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Ulario Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ah gawd. I had the hardest time finding an animal for the letter J. >:(

I'll give you a hint... it's a bird. :p
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XylidineGriffin Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww man! I'm guessing it's endangered, but could you give me a country or region? As far as I've looked the one with the strangest name was the Jocotoco Antpitta, but the Jambu fruit-dove and the Japanese Paradise-flycatcher are also pretty. Then there's the Juan Fernandez Firecrown which is a cute, red hummingbird. :shrug: I just don't know.
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Ulario Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
None of the ones you've mentioned are the bird I used for J. :p

Their region is the South America/Mexico area.
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XylidineGriffin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Well that narrows it down to the Jamaica Petrel, Jamaican blackbird, Jamaican Pauraque, Juan Fernandez Tit-tyrant, Juan Fernandez Petrel, Junin Grebe, and Junin Rail. Unless it's extinct or it's a different level of endangered, like threatened or something.
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Ulario Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
None of the ones you mentioned are it... :p
As far as I know, it's not endangered or even threatened. :)
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XylidineGriffin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Darn it! I'll never be able to guess it.
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AMTRAK Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Wow, well done.
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VioletWhirlwind Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow...I didn't realise they were THAT rare. Eep. Nice job anyway. :D

Hmm...*wonders if B was babyrusa* They may be ugly, but they're awesome too. XP Oh well.
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Ulario Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I will only say that B was NOT a babyrusa. Not even in the same superorder. :p
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IcyPheonix Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Kakapo-A flightless parrot.

Neat.
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meihua Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Cute work! Anthro kakapo, very unique idea!
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