When I took part in Draw For Animals campaign to raise money for Chester Zoo’s wildlife charity, my friend Kelly suggested drawing other animals to sell online. She said she really liked okapis and I should try drawing on of them. The name sounded familiar, but I’m not sure I really had much of a clue what sort of animal an okapi was until she showed me a photo.

I didn’t think anything more about it really for ages cause it was a very busy time of year, but Kelly turned 30 at the start of this year so I thought I would sketch her the okapi as a present. I am a big fan of sketching in pen, so this is the media I decided to work in. They are such a funny looking animal (like a cross between a deer, a giraffe and a zebra) so I was quite worried it would just look a bit crazy but I hope it turned out ok and I hope Kelly likes what I call her a’party okapi!

I have put the design onto a range of different products in my Zazzle Store, so please take a look and if there’s a product that you would like it on that I haven’t made yet please just let me know and I’ll make it for you.

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