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For in her heart lies the ocean by namu-the-orca For in her heart lies the ocean by namu-the-orca
Species depicted: See below.
Time taken: unrecorded
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Tools of the trade: Photoshop CS5

Her heart is not of stone nor gold,
but full of stories, ages old.

Of sailors who once roamed the sea,
good things that would come in three.

Of creatures lurking in the deep,
ancient lights, never sleep.

Of storms that raged, thunder and rain,
men overboard, rescues in vain.

For in her heart lies the ocean -
Wild and free; tamed it shall never be.

Happy birthday, Ebony ♥

Okay, here's the more artistic part to this description. I have been working for days on this, I think it's been exactly a week now since I started. It initially began as a simple idea, just a painting of some dolphins, but grew out to be much more. I've chosen species that are special to Ebony (aka Ebonenee) and/or that I thought were special yet well known from Australia. The animals are also placed quite deliberately. The Manta ray, Dwarf minke whale, Emperor angelfish, Double-saddled butterflyfish and Blue-girdled angelfish all occur in and near the Great barrier reef, which is located to the upper right of Australia. Of course the Hector's and Maui's dolphin with New Zealand. The Green sea turtles are placed near an important nesting site. The Whale shark, Bottlenose dolphins and Dusky dolphins are placed a bit more freely, though (even though Whale sharks are known from the West coast primarily). The turtles, Whale shark and Bottlenose dolphin are there because Ebony has swum with them, and wrote on her profile that memories of being with them were very special and dear to hear.

Gosh, I really hope you all love this piece as much as I do C=

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myinnermonster Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
You have made my day
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I have! :)
POOVER Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
As being a Japanese who loves cetaceans and lived in both Australia and New Zealand, thank you so much for making this!
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome! Must've been awesome living there, would love to go on a holiday there some day :D
Altair75 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
I love all of those marine creatures, especially the Manta ray! Love 

Great work! :D (Big Grin) 
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Manta rays are just bloody gorgeous things - should really get round to painting them more often :D
Altair75 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Yes, they look like angels.
xThistlePath Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is absolutely beautiful! :) 
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Glad to hear you think so, and thank you for watching as well! :love:
Inna-KillerWhale Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice-nice-nice drawing!
I wonder about your technique - you used drawing bord/tablet or mouse?
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