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Whales of the Mediterranean sea - POSTER by namu-the-orca Whales of the Mediterranean sea - POSTER by namu-the-orca
Whales of the Mediterranean sea - POSTER

Species depicted: See deviation
Time taken: 70+ hours
References used: 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:

Fly VI by veryveronikaCloser III by veryveronikaLaugh by veryveronikaEye to Eye II by veryveronika

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

All submissions in this gallery, be it photos, paintings or drawings, are copyrighted to me, Namu-the-orca. No one has the right to alter, distribute, copy or use my art without my written permission unless stated otherwise. My submissions are NOT stock
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Daily Deviation

Given 2012-12-03
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
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!
werewolfkate555 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
I love your illustrations :)
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Very glad to hear that :aww:
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!
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 :)
POOVER Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
My bad, THERE IS a sei whale!(><)
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!
TMJumpLass Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aaaaa this is so cute i love it
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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