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Reunion by KatieHofgard Reunion by KatieHofgard
Full illustration commission done for Smokepaw and Utunu! Utunu (African Wild Dog) has traveled a long way from Africa to meet with his long time friend Smokepaw (Wolf) in the Rocky Mountains to trade a few special items. The day is crisp and clear, as autumn is setting in with turning aspens bright among the pine covered slopes. Just like Colorado is right now in fact! I used my own photographs from hikes in the past as reference for this setting. I also made a nice little still life with my own fox and springbok pelts for the small pile of traded items in the foreground. It's not often I get to paint my home turf for a commission, the rockies are so gorgeous this time of year.

WIP shots can be found here -…

41 hours in Photoshop CS6 with an Intous 3 tablet
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superxtoon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Just to amazing pice of work.
Beautiful!!! :heart:
Domeikuni Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O3o My favorite artist is a colorado kid?! WOW!
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You bet, Colorado born and raised!  =D  I'm still here too, living along the front range area about an hour's drive from where I grew up in the mountains.  =)
Domeikuni Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh really? Where? I'm up in the Vail area, for the 2015 championships!
CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This picture you've done of both anthro characters looks very nice. :D
gIasstiger Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, another Coloradan?
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Born and raised, and still here!  =D
FreedomSoull Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful and such a good concept *D*
OrokanaKuzuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
lyadrielle Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like your colorisation ! I just want to ask you if you use a brush or not for the details work, like fur. (I've seen your wips but I can't help myself I want to be sure because I'm a beginner with colorisation)
Allraune Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
jdearman5 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful with so much beautiful details very nice job!
GambitAndRika Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
such amazeing work and hat beautiful wild dog
Wolfieamble Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the Rockies too. :) It takes about and hour and a half of driving and I'm up in the mountains!
fawksea24 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I can imagine this as a real world! :)
scottyputty Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
I love this.  Put me into the feeling I get when in the Alberta Rockies.
markopolo243 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Lovely setting and colours, the headdress on Smokepaw is great!
GlitchDaFurry Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! :omgomg: 
WildeMaehne Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. That picture has so much depth. Fantastic. The poses are well done and their salutation is full of happiness. You can see that in their eyes. The background is stunning. So much love for detail. An awesome piece.
Photo-illusionist Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
freaking Sweet saw this and it drew me in for sure great work
zecketo Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Love it :3 CURSE YOU! :happybounce: Clap Love Wink/Razz 
NixKat Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SpetsnazKaz Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just stumbled upon this now and have to say that this is absolutely amazing. The colors, the scenery, the characters looks so...alive. It's truly remarkable what you can do. :)
JohnnyFoxx Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cute. How I wish I was part of that native culture back then. Free from societies corporate greed living a world full of spirits and dreams and conquering fears with such courage and bravery.
Searching out for visions and just striving to survive with high spirits like all creatures upon this earth. We are all one and the same both humans and creatures alike!

May that spirit live on through the arts. Haha sorry, getting carried away with the fantasies this picture brings out to me. Great job.
AdamMcc Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Didn't know the story behind this, but this is a very beautiful piece that compels me to discover the story. Great work.
Valkeus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What to say about this one? :love: The shiny eyes, the wonderful still life... I could shriek inarticulately about the fur and muscles all day, so this time I'll just point out how great you are at creating a scene for the characters to live in. Every texture is well thought out. My favorite background textures are the pine tufts and the tree-covered mountains. I've always had trouble deciding where to switch from individually shaded trees to masses of color, but looking at this helps me!

I like how you bring your own local area into your art. Your love for your home mountains shines through :)
ogrebear Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Such a good detailed piece of work!
FleeksFleeks Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
OH! That was from you? Untunu is everywhere! ^^
I have to approve, because african wild dog and african theme and stuff. Nice work!
theassassinnox Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter basically everything about this.  The detail is incredible, the characters have weight and their body language is believable.  Just...stunning. <3
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  This was once of THE most fun commissions I have ever done.  <3
khajiitsolex Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
that's amazing its one of those pictures that i tell to myself "you'll never be that good!" XD im working on a few poses of my own but they aren't as good and considering I'm bad at backgrounds..
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You should really be more kind to yourself.  If someone else were to say to you, "you'll never be that good," that would be considered cruel and horrible!  Don't treat yourself that way, you deserve better.
khajiitsolex Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i didn't mean it that way.  i meant it as its one of those picture that makes you feel that way.  sorry.
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No no, please don't be sorry!  I understood exactly what you meant, and I still mean what I say.  It's not kind to yourself to think of things that way, you really do deserve better.  Don't ever tell yourself you can't reach this level, it's not impossible at all.  =)
khajiitsolex Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
okay thank you for telling me this.  i am getting better as well too so that encouragement help alot i keep making mistakes and am bad at drawing hands XD i'm still working at it.  Thanks again.
Scarophion Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Very hard to show four legged animals upright I've found. Really good job.
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DaWonderer Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
amazing!! :woohoo:
Vaalandil Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anthro-animals-rule Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Love every part of this piece, I wish I could listen to the many stories of their travels and hunts. Nod  Clap
WolfOfTheMoons Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful! Such a calming and peaceful atmosphere :)
Foldo Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! So many little and beautiful details! :love: Especially the pouch. This little thing has probably taken forever to be drawn right. O_O
Ked-V Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
it's so clean :o !
you are really amazing, I enjoy looking at your arts :)
NineTailsChaosFox Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I can see this happening in a Werewolf the Apocalypse as there is a sub-section of Red Talons that have bred with and are African Hunting Dogs.
whaletrainer2002 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love the detail that you put into your feet. Have you ever done a tutorial on digitigrade foot design?
Leptonyx Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the touch of story as well, this is gorgeous!
Loxome Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student General Artist
What are they both staring at.
CharReed Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I could stare at the details for days! Love everything about this- the background, the foreground, the characters and their expressions and genuine-feeling interaction. :)
Mystic-Cheetah Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
*jaw drops*
Arrowriter Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Love the wolf especially, and the mohawk is great. The colors and details are wonderful in this. :)
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