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The colours of Africa by Heliocyan The colours of Africa by Heliocyan

African Wild Dogs!! I think they are rather overlooked when it comes to African wildlife art. I love their distinctive fur markings, in my eyes they really represent the colours of Africa. The composition is actually made up, I'm not a great fan of just copying one photo. I had a huge stack of great reference photos from a friend who just came back from a photo safari.

Acrylic on paper, it measures approx 45cm x 55cm (17.5″ x 22″). 

Prints can be purchased in my Etsy store: 
www.etsy.com/shop/heliocyan?re…

The African wild dogs (also known as ‘painted dogs’) are carnivores native to the open areas of Sub-Sahahran Arica. It’s population is classed as endangered, it has disappeared from most of it’s original territorial range due to habitat loss and human interference. Like most canids, they are highly social animals and live in packs. 

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:iconphotoscrystaljones:
PhotosCrystalJones Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it !!! =^-^=
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:iconbackyardbirder:
BackyardBirder Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
WOW! Just wow!
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:iconphotoscrystaljones:
PhotosCrystalJones Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it !!! =^-^=
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Diegoadn Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist
I loved how you highlighting the fur color of these wild dogs, very good job!!!
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ARTificialphanTOM Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the most successful predators in Africa. Great work.
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S-A-Diamond Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the texture of fur you create is mind-blowing Explode la plz I can't believe that you made this composition up! I equally like the background texture.
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grisador Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Such magnificence and digility at same time !



AMAZİNG artwork !
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:iconyemayema:
YemaYema Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Unbelievable.... look at this! :D great one!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! :)
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:iconscribalwriter:
ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015   Traditional Artist
Love the composition. :clap:
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! 
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:iconraineyreaper:
RaineyReaper Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing, I love African Wild Dogs and it's nice to seem them being appreciated. You did  fantastic job capturing the uniqueness of each individual:D 
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! :)
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:iconraineyreaper:
RaineyReaper Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome:D
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:iconidozanimalzjamz:
Idozanimalzjamz Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How!!!!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015   Traditional Artist
A lot of practise!! :) 
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:iconalomhordozo57:
alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Amazing work!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 26, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconcuthillius:
Cuthillius Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous painting!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 26, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:icondanuk86:
danUK86 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015   General Artist
fantastic work :)
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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:icondanuk86:
danUK86 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   General Artist
very welcome :)
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:iconmagicbirdie:
MagicBirdie Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing painting!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you! 
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:iconpeachtales:
peachtales Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
Beautiful!
The local zoo had a litter of painted dog puppies a bit earlier this year, and this so reminds me of the video of their first release into the outdoor area.
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :) Aww, I would have loved to see them. 
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peachtales Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
Just found the video again that the zoo released of their first outing.
youtu.be/Wl9PtpvrLq4
I hope you like it!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner Edited Jun 3, 2015   Traditional Artist
OOOooh, super cute!!!!! Thank you for sharing!! :) :heart: :heart: :heart:
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:iconpeachtales:
peachtales Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
I am glad you enjoyed it. :)
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WDGHK Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed its a shame that these canines are endangered,the African wild dog is one of my favorites among the African predators,for being one of the most interesting carnivores with its effective hunting strategies, cooperative pack life and distinctive,colorful look.
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yes, it's a real shame they are endangered and that we don't read/ see more of them.
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:iconkikiavelan:
KikiAvelan Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully done! :heart:
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmysteriouswhitewolf:
mysteriouswhitewolf Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AHHHH this is gorgeous!!! WOW! <3
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :) 
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:iconcelestial-rainstorm:
Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnificent work! I adore APD, they are one of the most gorgeous African creatures. 
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! Yes, they are beautiful indeed. 
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kenyastarflight Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I love these dogs so much.  :D  They have the most beautiful coats.  It's a shame they tend to be overlooked when it comes to wildlife.  Not even The Lion King showcased them, which was a huge missed opportunity...

I thought this was a photo at first when I saw the thumbnail... wow.  Magnificent job!  They're so expressive!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 21, 2015   Traditional Artist
Oh, indeed!! Ha, I never noticed about the lion king, but you are completely right! 
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YesImDeadpool Featured By Owner May 21, 2015   General Artist
These animals are gorgeous! :D
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 21, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :)
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YesImDeadpool Featured By Owner May 21, 2015   General Artist
Welcome. ^^
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LilyInSpace Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Only realised this wasn't a photo AFTER I faved it :-O soooo good!!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 21, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!
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:iconpsychedeliczen:
psychedeliczen Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 21, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconfuzzymaro:
FuzzyMaro Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
I can't believe it's a painting! Awesome :D 
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:iconheliocyan:
Heliocyan Featured By Owner May 21, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :)
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, ist das toll geworden! Die Farben, die Blicke, der Hintergrund...super schönes Werk :)
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