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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
References used: fav.me/d5ih3u0
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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:iconsnakeman2013:
Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015   General Artist
Now this, this is simply breathtaking Love 
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconmyinnermonster:
myinnermonster Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
You have made my day
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
I'm glad I have! :)
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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!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
You're very welcome! Must've been awesome living there, would love to go on a holiday there some day :D
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014   Photographer
I love all of those marine creatures, especially the Manta ray! Love 

Great work! :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Thanks! Manta rays are just bloody gorgeous things - should really get round to painting them more often :D
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014   Photographer
Yes, they look like angels.
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xThistlePath Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is absolutely beautiful! :) 
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Thank you so much! Glad to hear you think so, and thank you for watching as well! :love:
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Inna-KillerWhale Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! YOU ARE GREAT CETACEA ARTIST!!! O.O
Nice-nice-nice drawing!
I wonder about your technique - you used drawing bord/tablet or mouse?
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Thanks so much! :aww: I use a Wacom Intuos 3 tablet - no way I could do this with a mouse D:
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Ladymedusa218 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Australia! One of the best places on earth!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
It sure is! Would love to go visit it some day :love:
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:iconladymedusa218:
Ladymedusa218 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope you do! Definitely doesn't disappoint! Though I never got to see the southern right whales there BUT I did get to see the indo-pacific bottle nose dolphins and a number of other marine life.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Indo-pacific bottles are beautiful, I love their eyes :)
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:iconfoxolive:
Foxolive Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is so beautiful! I love the ocean, I love the animals. My spirit animal is a sea turtle. I love the fish, too, so vibrant, just love this :heart:
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thanks once more (also for the watch btw!) :heart: It really is amazing how colourful and varied fish are :D
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:iconfoxolive:
Foxolive Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, and yes fish and animals.. jdhgfsfbska,vhmsdn.. just such amazing creatures :heart::heart:
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cemac Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
I have included this wonderful artwork in the new feature on the front of the :icondigitaldelights: journal. Please :+fav: the journal so that more members will see your art and thank you for being a member :heart:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Oh thank you very much! Of course I faved :aww:
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cemac Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
My pleasure and thank you :hug:
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GirlsGenerationlover Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. I love how realistic they look. This really brightened p my day
KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Thanks very much, so glad you like :heart:
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:iconnamisao:
Namisao Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful =D
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Thank you! :aww:
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Thagirion Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work. The Whale Shark is what caught my attention first. She's very nice. I love how they're all coming out of an Australia shape.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Thank you :) She indeed became a huge part of the painting, perhaps more of an attention grabber tham I had intended :D Glad you like the idea :)
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Electric-Mongoose Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh this is so amazing :wow: Are those Dusky Dolphins? :iconilavplz: Great work on every little detail :heart: :love:
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Thank you! Yes, it are Duskies as can be read in the description ;)
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Electric-Mongoose Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure thing :aww: Very beautiful :clap:
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Treekami Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! :wow: this is so beautiful.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Thanks a lot, very glad you like! :aww:
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Treekami Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome. =)
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A-k-e-i-l-a Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Gosh, this is absolutely beautiful. What a unique idea with the background and all the animals are painted beautifully!
What amazing work! :love:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Thank you! :love: I'm so happy everyone likes it :aww:
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A-k-e-i-l-a Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Naturally! This is an amazing piece of work. :aww:
Your gallery is very inspirational - I hope one day I can be as half as good as you. :giggle::heart:
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JMCV29 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student
Wow, this is fantastic!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Thank you! :aww:
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DolphinChild Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
this is so sweet!!!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Thank you :)
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Falkii Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Photographer
It's awesome :meow: Luv how it's displayed on the background :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Thanks a lot, glad you like :aww:
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Falkii Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Photographer
:meow:
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fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student General Artist
:omg: :jawdrop: :clap: Its just as stunning as I could think! The varying body sizes of the whales/dolphins/fish makes my eyes "swim" around the piece and i am not drawn to one thing only. :giggle:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Very happy to hear you like, and that the composition is working well! :D
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fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student General Artist
:nod: :giggle: :thumbsup:
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Kaly89 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!!!!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thank you Kaly :hug:
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