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Whales of the Mediterranean sea - POSTER by namu-the-orca Whales of the Mediterranean sea - POSTER by namu-the-orca
Species depicted: See deviation
Time taken: 70+ hours
References used: fav.me/d58tsi9 A LOTTT
Tools of the trade: Photoshop CS5


Interesting note: you probably can't read it, but in the upper right corner, near the female Risso's dolphin, there is a little piece of text. It says that the female Risso's of the poster was painted after Mary G., a wonderful dolphins living in an Italian marine park. At the time, she was the only Risso's dolphin in captivity in Europe. However, this year she got health issues and she died on the 31st of May :( So this is for you, Mary. R.I.P. :heart:

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Now, that was one heck of a ride! Figuratively speaking, then. I started this painting quite some time ago (honestly can't remember when) and have been working on and off on it for weeks, if not months. The estimated time of 70+ hours might very well be much longer as I hardly ever record how long I'm painting. The original painting PSD file is a true monster. The dimensions aren't all that great (6000 px wide) but the layers, oh the layers... For every illustration about six to ten layers. The main problem however, are the references. I use a sh*tload of them; I had about 200 reference layers when I started out. After the first real sketch has been made, about HALD of all my refs were deleted and the remaining ones were merged into a few layers to make it go easier on my computer. I've counted all the layers for your enjoyment:

303 layers for the paintings
151 layers for the texts, maps and lay-out

So FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY FOUR layers for the whole poster :faint: Now why oh why would my computer take such a long time to load the photoshop file? :lol:

But, getting onto more serious matters, this piece really was one to my heart. I loved painting the huge variety of whales, dolphins and one porpoise that live in that little sea captured by land. I did a fair amount of research for the distribution maps, reading scientific articles about rare sightings and websites of professionals showing where and how often species were seen in an area. If there are any mistakes; blame me - I'm only human after all. However, I hope you really enjoy it after I have been working on it for such a huge amount of time. One less huge project on my list :)

Oh and this is, as many have asked and (kinda) requested, available as a print! That also explains the watermarks; sorry for those ^^; You can hang this monster on your wall for your own enjoyment, or perhaps print it in a smaller size to take with you or hang in your boat if you're lucky enough to have one and be in the Mediterranean sea. I've disabled smaller sizes because that would probably leave the smaller texts to be unreadable. So ladies and gentlemen, it's time to grab your wallets! >:3

Oh and if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask! I don't bite (usually) :D



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Given 2012-12-03
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Having followed the process of this for weeks, if not longer, I'm still blown away by the result of all your hard work and research. Each of the species has been painted to detail and displays an outstanding level of accuracy. Misplace just one little bit and the whole would be diminished! I can't point to any species and say that I like it best, because they are all gorgeous - no wonder, given that each is an individual painting in itself. Personally, I do love your Humpback whale a lot for its white parts.

The maps actually turned out better than I thought, too :)

I was happy to assist you with the text and can see a bright future for you as a Cetacean illustrator, no matter what you end up doing :)
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This is absolutely incredible piece of work, I can not even imagine how much you needed to study and how long you needed to practise before you could even start.

Not only all those paintings/drawings are super realistic (much more realistic than many professional whale illustrations I saw in books about nature), but it is also perfectly educational. I live in Europe, so for me, this is definitely useful. And the whole contept, whole idea, whole methodology and use of colours make it so easy to use.

You really have my respect and thanks for creating this incredible work! :clap: really fantastic!
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Onikaizer Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
As a science illustrator, this is the kind of work that drove into becoming one. Awesome all around
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the kind comment! Very glad to know this poster's still being appreciated :D Also, thank you very much for the watch!
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werewolfkate555 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
I love your illustrations :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Very glad to hear that :aww:
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POOVER Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Just amaging!!
next time, if you will ever make another pic of Mediterranean cetaceans, I would like to see Grey whale, North Atlanctic Right whale, Sei Whale, and Northern Bottlenose whales as well!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sei whale is on the poster! Right between the Fin and Minke whale :) Though for as far as I know Grey's, North Atlantics and Northern Bottlenoses do not live in the Mediterranean. They may have been seen there once or twice, but such rare occurrences don't mean it's part of the animal's range. I wanted to include the common and also rare inhabitants of the Mediterranean, but couldn't take every odd sighting in :)
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POOVER Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
My bad, THERE IS a sei whale!(><)
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POOVER Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Thank you namu!

True... I hope they will come back one day ^^
Your works are always just magnificent!
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TMJumpLass Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aaaaa this is so cute i love it
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha, some are just adorable, aren't they? Thank you! :love:
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TMJumpLass Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
risso's dolphins are such sweeties i love them
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes total cuties, especially the little ones. Even though they are in fact rather rough with each other - they're 'originally' dark grey, but males will turn almost completely white with scars as they mature :0
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TMJumpLass Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, so does that explain why i always see rake marks on them in pictures?
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes :)
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is fantastic!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! :D Belongs on a field guide of the area's sealife, certainly..
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, that's very kind! :love: Would be awesome to have some of my illustrations published :D
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
Yeah, it really would~ :)
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cjr413 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice poster. It is very informative, and decorative aswell. If I had money to spend on DA, i'd buy it and hang it in my bedroom. Beautiful piece.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! I've got it hanging on the wall at home as well, and it looks really good, if I may say so myself. Definitely worth the buy if you do ever have enough money :)
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reciii Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Stunning work!
You are a master of your craft, how could this have been any more beautiful in concept and execution. Thank you so much for sharing.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so so much for the incredibly kind words :love: I'm really pleased you like it!
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tariqsobh Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great and useful effort :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Evelwyn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student General Artist
This is really really beautiful! I love it! :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, so glad you like! :love:
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LatiLove Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really cool and great job on all the work, but i must say, orcas are actually in the dolphin family, the biggest of the family :) they arent whales at all haha
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! And I am very well aware of that fact :) If this comment is because of the title, why only mention the killer whale and not the 7 other species of dolphins (and one porpoise)? It is, however, still completely correct to call this poster 'Whales of the Mediterranean sea' as all the families of dolphins, beaked whales, porpoises, river dolphins etc. etc. fit into the order Cetacea: the Whales ;)
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LatiLove Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes i knew they were dolphins/porpoises because they are separated. it wasn't because of the title, it was because of that; they are in the whales section. anyway, amazing job!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh, in tha way :) Well, all the species (also the smaller dolphins) are in the 'whales' section. I simply took the smallest species to the right to make their details stand out more, but kept them left as well to show the size difference between all the species. There was no real distinction between whales and dolphins or so, if there would have been a tiny whale, it would have been along with the small dolphins on the right as well :)
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LatiLove Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh okay :) you should do one of these with all the whales and dolphins XD i love beluga whales, orcas (especially Keiko <3) and Migaloo the white humpback from my home country Australia.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I indeed should - and I'm planning on doing one as well! It's just that I kinda have a lack of time lately ALWAYS :noes: Migaloo indeed is a gorgeous rare pearl, and belugas sure are adorable little hams :love:
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LatiLove Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yep :) you should do a giant poster painting of Migaloo with some information on him and a big title and stuff. i would buy that, definitely!! :love:
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LatiLove Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
and because i love marine mammals, so i just knew :3
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mustardofdoom Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Incredible effort!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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000Colibri000 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Wow, this is incredible! I love the huge amount of time and thought that you put into this piece, it definitely shows!!! :aww:
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much; I'm still so happy to hear how people appreciate it :love:
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000Colibri000 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
You're very welcome! And I, for one, love it! :D
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Khimera Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing piece! I actually have learned alot from this but I do wish I could read most of it.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A lot of the text is readable, only the intro text above the maps and some of the average lengths are difficult to read (though the average lengths you can read if you zoom in on the picture) I don't want to upload a bigger image, because it would lessen the already slim chance of people actualy buying the print :) And thank you! :D
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Khimera Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol I'm just old and blind. I do however plan on buying a print this Christmas season for my studio because it really is a great reference piece and my students would appreciate it.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, so cool to hear that! :D If you'd want to know what it looks like IRL: [link] And all the text's readable too [link] ;)
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AilinStock Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So, so cool.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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VixenDra Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It really needs a download option or just a little bigger size here, because your hard work is almost not possible to read...:( (depends on the screen, a bit worser than mine and you can't guess the letters and mine is a good one as far as I know...)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know that some of the smaller letters are not readable, but that does have a reason :( You see, if I make the large version available for download, there's not much use for people anymore to buy the print :shrug: It was kind of the whole idea of the preview; make the experience 'limited'.
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VixenDra Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, I understand it...
My screen allows me to read most it by guessing the words from their basic shape but only if I know these wordsxD
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iSkyloft Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent! :clap:
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