The client had a very clear vision for this painting. It was a gift for his wife and he wanted an old zebra and wildebeest trying to motivate themselves for one more migration.
With that brief I completed a draft drawing for him showing the scene above, namely the two animals sheltering in the shade as all the other animals walk off into the distance. The zebra is trying to encourage the wildebeest for the final effort. The client was very happy with the draft, and indeed the final piece of art. Saying:
"The “Old Companions” was a great success! – Hazel loved it."