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The giant dolphins of Scotland - for Kelly by namu-the-orca The giant dolphins of Scotland - for Kelly by namu-the-orca
The giant dolphins of Scotland - for Kelly

Species depicted: Common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Time taken: 7 hours
References used: one photo from Google to refresh my memory on the Moray firth bottlenose
Tools of the trade: Photoshop CS5

I sincirely needed a break from four days of dolphin research and measurements, and I suddenly realised I hadn't made anything for *Shadow-and-Flame-86 yet, even though it's her birthday today. So yeah, I kinda spent the whole day painting this. Finally clocked myself when it comes to painting, and even though 7n hours doesn't account for 'the whole day', I did spend my whole day behind the computer. Either painting, checking dA, or having scared the shit out of me when the computer crashed. Anyways, this is for you, Kelly! I hope you had a great day and happy birthday :party: If you wanna know why I exactly chose to draw this and especially what the title means, read on.

Even though it might be hard to believe when looking at this drawing, both dolphins are of the exact same species; the Common bottlenose dolphin. However, the sleek guy in front is your average Flipper, while the animal in the back comes from Scotland - Moray Firth to be precise. The dolphins there are enormous (up to FOUR metres!), real acrobats and as badass as they get. Honestly, these guys make flips and jumps like no other bottlenose, chunk down huge fish in one piece and bully Harbour porpoises in their free time. Kelly has had the privilege of meeting these awesome animals several time, so check out the awesome pis she got of these black beasts!

On a more artistic note, I tried a new 'crosshatching' technique. I love the effect it gives but man, it is absolutely KILLING. Especially if you can't take a break because you need to finish it that same day...

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Bestiarius Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
This looks really great! This amazing giant dolphins are sadly very little known, so I blogged about them only some weeks ago: [link]
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Lovely to see an article on these big boys and girls, they really need more love :aww: I can't say my German is all that good yet, though, so I'm having a tad of trouble reading :noes:
tassietyger Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Are these Scottish Bottlenose Dolphins a subspecies or a "race"/"regional type" like people? Because I have never heard of these guys until now!
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, they're a seperate race of Bottlenose dolphins :D I don't think they've gotten official subspecies status yet with a scientific name and everything, but they're widely recognised as being different :)
tassietyger Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Well I have heard of Scottish dolphins being known to be brutes and attack other marine life including their own, but I didn't know they were giants!
loveforRuka Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow great art of these dolphins!
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Certainly isn't enough of them out there :D
Namisao Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful =D
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
S3cRt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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