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This was a weird one for me... I repainted the background color twice and the otter color like three times. It still didn't feel right until the VERY end, when I dropped in the black eyes and nose (thus pushing the range of contrast all the way down, which made the dark tones seem lighter) and the light lines of water. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

This might be one of my favorites so far, as otters have always been one of my favorite animals. I used to love watching them at the Seattle Aquarium. Plus the otter is Hermione's patronus!

10" x 10" - Acrylic - November 2007