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Dance by MoonsongWolf Dance by MoonsongWolf
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance.

A trade with :iconinkspirit: of her very cool otter character Inky.

Otters are fascinating, energetic little critters, and I wanted to show a bit of their playful nature in this one. Seeing an otter leap and cavort in the water is like watching the best kind of dance. I must have looked at a hundred reference photos before starting. I had no clue what otter pawpads actually looked like.

Also, I had to include a discus (that's the big plate-shaped, fin-laden bastard in the bottom right corner). They're my favourite fish. :heart:

Inky is © ~InkSpirit
Artwork is © *MoonsongWolf
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:iconffredxiii:
FFRedXIII Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Why the heck is this not in my favourites yet!
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:iconpannya:
Pannya Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
Looking at this makes me smile :)
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
Otters, no matter where they are or what they doing, always make me smile. :) I'm glad that you liked this little gal.
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:iconblitzkreig-storm:
Blitzkreig-Storm Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Otters are utter win. He has such chubbily sleek anatomy. LOVE!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
Oh, yes, otters are awesome! It's impossible not to love their charming, (overly-)playful personalities. :)
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:iconblitzkreig-storm:
Blitzkreig-Storm Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw some at a wildlife park and they chased me along the side of the fence. And then when I got up close, it burped in my face. XD
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
Oh, god, I LOL'ed. Too bad you don't have a video of that. :lol:
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:iconblitzkreig-storm:
Blitzkreig-Storm Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know! x3
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KlakKlak Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Student General Artist
Inky looks so happy. X3 I really like the way you split the canvas so that you can seen above and below water - sort of stylized, so at the same time it looks like two frames on a page.

That's a wild fish. o-o
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008
Thanks! It was a fun experiment with the split screen... and I love those big, wild fish. We have them at the pet store where I work, and I look forward to getting one someday.
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gingafan101 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
Thats adorable!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
Thanks! :)
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:iconwoelfinnishi:
WoelfinNishi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Professional
The pose is amazing. You made a good choice with the color play in the background.
I love the little fishy. Which kind of fish is that?

The anatomy of the otter. You put the colors of him/her well and also showed the structure of the different body-parts very well.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
Thanks! The otter was a lot of fun to draw, definitely a pleasant change from the glut of canines that I've been doing. I'm glad that you liked her. :)

The big fish is a discus. They are my favourite fish species. I can't wait to get the time and space to set up an aquarium, so I can have a few. The little fish are cardinal tetras.
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WoelfinNishi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Professional
My mom wants an aquarium, too.
She loves the big fishy. I hope, she will get one, so that I can have some of those asian fight fishes.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
You don't need an aquarium for a betta (Siamese fighting fish)! They can live quite happily in a large bowl, vase, or special tank made for them. They don't mind small spaces, because they live in rice paddies, swamps, and puddles in the wild. I had one named Jetta who lived to be five years old. They're very cool, and the colours are just amazing!
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:iconemeraldwolfee:
EmeraldWolfee Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
I lurv otters! :heart:
Very nice water effect! :D
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
I love them, too! They're just so funny and hyperactive that I can't help but smile anytime I see an otter.
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peofun1 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Student
RANDOM FISHIES. Liek whoa.

Very cute. Otters rock. ^^
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Underwater scenes are not complete without random fishies. ;)
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:iconpeofun1:
peofun1 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Student
Of course. I usually throw in a whale when I'm doodling on the back of math worksheets. XD
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:iconzelos22:
zelos22 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
lol this is so colorful and cute x) nice job
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Thanks! :)
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:iconaero-claw:
Aero-Claw Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Excellent there is an indulgent amount of enthusiasm in the picture!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
:lol: Otters seem to have an indulgent amount of enthusiasm!
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:iconaero-claw:
Aero-Claw Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, yes they do!
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:iconagent00steph:
Agent00Steph Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
It's absolutly awesome. Otters are one of my fav ever animal. I love the speed ans water effect.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Otters are awesome. They're just too full of life and energy not to love!
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Agent00Steph Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
^__^ indeed !
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Skaralett Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cute! :D I really like that pose too.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Thanks! :)
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SilverMillieum Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
I agree with you on the first part ^^ Life is an odd party indeed :D I love the pose and shading! :clap: Awesome job, Moonsong <3
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Thanks! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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:iconsilvermillieum:
SilverMillieum Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
^^ You're Welcome
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dyar Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
Please make a tutorial how to draw like this!!!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
Unfortunately, I don't really have the time to make any tutorials. However, if there are any specific questions that you have about technique or anything else, feel free to ask. :)
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tcdaydreamer177 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
love it
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
Thanks! :)
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tcdaydreamer177 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
your welcome
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thistlesis Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
great picture! well done! :clap: your art always amazes me. it's always so beautiful!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Thanks! :)
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:iconjilanylily:
jilanylily Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
That is so awesome!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Thanks! :)
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:iconayame-souka:
ayame-souka Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
I absolutely love that pose and the shading 8D
The expression is really nice.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Thanks! :)
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Chaos02 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The little bastard in the corner looks cool. So does the otter, he's neeeeeat!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Thanks! I'm glad that you liked them both. :)
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Gentle-Chibi4777 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks so pretty !!
Your shading is goood xD
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Thanks! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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Sun-wing Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
this is amazing! excellent work! absolutely excellent work ^^
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