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I've been planning this one for about a year now. Obviously, I've spent most of that time not working on it but on and off I've been refining the list and getting photo reference.
Now it's finally done.

At the risk of getting into a rant, I'll be brief.
I'm sick of seeing the same animals again and again in animal A to Zs because I don't understand what makes an Ostrich more of an animal than an Okapi... apart from laziness.

These are all painted on one spiral bound sketchbook of hand-made paper made by 'khadi papers'.
Each painting is just gouache and 13.5 x 15 cm

The list:



Aardwolf
Beluga
Capercaillie
Dusky Dolphin
Echidna
Frigate
Gerenuk
Hermit Hummingbird
Ichneumon
Jerboa
Kudu
Leatherback
Mandrill
Numbat
Okapi
Pangolin
Quokka
Red Panda
Sun Bear
Tapir
Umbrellabird
Vervet Monkey
WhaleShark
Xenops
Yapok
Zebu
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Daily Deviation

Given 2009-09-18
The concept of featuring animals in the alphabet is quite commonplace, however `Duffzilla manages to bring something exceptional to this genre by selecting a remarkable set of creatures in AZ_Full Collection, animals which for some reason or the other are not as conventionally known, illustrated in a manner that all the more advocates their beauty and charm. ( Suggested by elicoronel16 and Featured by snowmask )
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SnakeChompinBoar Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
I knew 16 of them. I spent half my childhood reading natural history books. (I'd have gotten them all but I spent the other half reading Tom and Jerry comic books.) 
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tinkerpaws Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I used many of the same animals in my A-Z as well. Either under-appreciated or not as well known, or, in my case (since I did it as a gift) particular favorites of the person it was dedicated to. That's how super-common ones got into mine such as Tiger and Zebra.
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sc0rch Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
fantastic textures!
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DGXZ Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow they r good especially the whale shark
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RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
i love how you used uncommon animals too!
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
That was the inspiration for the series :) Thanks :)
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:iconrukahtsubasa:
RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
brilliant work!
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:iconurcullu:
urcullu Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
my dear sir:

i wish these were for sale at the store. i now teach 5th grade and need a cursive alphabet for school >.< LOL
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
hey! Long time no speak :D
These are available as prints..pity there's no discount codes or anything on dA. If you want to, we can figure something out.
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urcullu Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
o.O
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:iconihartsnape:
ihartsnape Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Student General Artist
A very unique and refreshing A to Z collection of animal paintings. You've put a tremendous amount of work into this series, but what wonderful work! Just stunning! :clap:
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Thank you!
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darkespeon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
übercool. :D I knew most of these, but not all of them. Awesome artwork!
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sonnet-contempo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
wow great and a DD

yeah some animals are not very much loved unlike the others

but here near our place there is a festival in honor of the Whalesharks
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:iconenonea:
enonea Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional
btw, is the ostrich really depicted more often than e.g. the otter?
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Not necessarily, there are a couple of variations on every letter but the Ostrich is definitely the most common O in books where I live.
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:iconenonea:
enonea Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional
not where I live :D (different language) searching in google images it's the otter... works for both our languages
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kiwii-becher Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
aghh I love this : ]
the addition of the numbat makes it even better : 0
they're one of my favorite animals and hardly anyone knows what they are : [

but ahghhhh I still love your simplistic, yet effective style?? I'm not too good at putting things into words fff
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
when in doubt... emoticon!
:D

but actually, I appreciate you choosing to say it with words.
Thank you :)
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Aeorys Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
OMG OKAPI and AARDWOLF. <3 I love you now.
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Wow! I didn't know it was so easy to get people to like me :D
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:iconaeorys:
Aeorys Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
XD Fuzzy, unloved animals are always a good way. Awesome work, dude.
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half-d3mon Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Student
Red Pandas... ;_; They're so shy! <3

I love the idea behind this and the appellation this work emanates. Damn well deserved Daily Dev :ahoy:
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Thanks very much :)
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TrickyTiara Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, for a lot of the animals' names, I'm not sure how to pronounce. Maybe they put simple animal names because teachers/parents/whoever's teaching can pronounce them, otherwise they don't sound smart.
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Personally, I don't think so. I blame the originators of the books; publishers and illustrators and their laziness.
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:iconkg8:
kg8 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
What a great idea. Would make great flash cards for little kids to learn the alphabet.
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Yeah, depending on the parents.... I did try telling one child I know, who had confused a deer for a cow, all about reindeer but I was told to be quiet and "don't confuse her".
It's not the children who're confused.
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iROCKthouSUCK Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats nice of you to help those unappreciated animals!!!!!
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
..they haven't even called or written to thank me :(
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iROCKthouSUCK Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I thank you!^^
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Blue-Paper Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
is it bad that I could already name most of the animals? XDD wonderful job though, I personally really like the pangolin and the frigate bird X3
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
bad?!! NO! It's mighty impressive and a lovely compliment, really :)
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SerroMau Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
I love how you didn't fall too heavily on any one taxa. You've got insects and birds and ungulates and cetaceans and...
Even I could only name about 2/3 without looking ^_^
I'm so glad you got a DD or I would have missed out on this.
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Yeah, I tried to get a good mix and no two similar types beside each other alphabetically. There are a couple of minor cheats such as the tapir being under T instead of under M for Malay Tapir like the one I painted but I excuse myself because ANY kind of Tapir is a rarity in children's books.
Thanks :)
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leyghan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
A wonderful idea, well executed! Or in less pretentious terms, I like it! :)
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Kahunaliu Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
That is beautiful. Period. :thumbsup:
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K-L-ee Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009   Digital Artist
The only reason I know what an echidna is is because I grew up on Sonic the Hedgehog :noes: I Fail at life. But you know who doesn't Fail? That okapi. Damn, those things are cute :iconblushingplz:
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Yeah, I loved Sonic the Blue Echidna too :D

Cheers
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:iconk-l-ee:
K-L-ee Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009   Digital Artist
:noes: No, no, Knuckles! He was an echidna :noes:
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
yeah yeah, Knuckles the Sonic Blue HedgeEchidna. I used to play it all the time.
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Nebride7 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
This is brilliant! I especially loved it because a full 1/4 of those animals were unfamiliar to me. No wonder! We've been seeing the same ones over and over again. So - well done!
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Thanks very much :)
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NinjuhBunneh Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
YES! I'm sick of 'A is for Ant. B is for Bat. C is for Cat." Seriously. There are many different, beautiful kinds of animals out there that need to be recognized!
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limaslush Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is the best little A-Z collection ever. Pangolins are my favourite animal, hands down, and this one is incredibly cute. I would love to see this as a published book; I, for one, would buy it.
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
I love how Pangolins move. They remind me of a little old man rushing about in the rain.
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teaganwhite Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Professional General Artist

the numbat is my new favorite animal; thank you!
the illustrations are beautiful, and i love your choice of surface. the orange of the handmade paper is a big step up from your run of the mill white paper.
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:iconduffzilla:
Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
It's very interesting stuff. It's really difficult to mix the right colour because the paper's tone and saturation is so different to white paper.
thanks :)
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StoneE608 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
you have no idea how unbelievably happy this piece makes me - amazing paintings and a great list of under appreciated animals!
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