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Wild orca breach - for Faust by namu-the-orca Wild orca breach - for Faust by namu-the-orca
Species depicted: Orca or Killer whale (Orcinus orca)
Time taken: 3-4 hours
References used: see below
Tools of the trade: Photoshop CS5


I really needed a break from the huge cetacean poster (Sperm whale wrinkles will make you go crazy) and BritishViper provided just that for me. This painting is based on a gorgeous painting of hers and as such is also dedicated to her. See Faust's original here:
Wild Orca Speedpaint (VIDEO) by BritishViper

I had so much fun painting this, it has been some time again since I last did a really free piece. Decided to flip the canvas in the end as I preferred the painting that way. I hope all of you enjoy viewing! :)



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There's not much not to love about this piece. Soft detail fading into the background, a handsome subject, contrast between dark and light....
Both the frigid setting and the water streaming off the whale's fins suggest a lazy forward motion that leaves me, as the viewer, suspended in the air, anticipating the beautiful creature's descent back into the water. Any viewer must be imagining the splash that will result, wondering where the whale will go next.

This piece truly transports me to another world, and I doubt that I'm the only one who's sought to see further, to see underwater, to watch the story unfold.
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:iconjuly102:
July102 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
beautiful creature
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner 4 days ago
They really are stunning :D
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Twilighmooon Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  New Deviant
 Absolutely flawless and detailed! This is a piece of art that I will absolutely never forget. Very exquisite and original please keep making more art like this! :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Thank you very, very much! I wouldn't call this flawless (nothing is) but I'm very happy you enjoy this so much, and I'm still really fond of it too :) Sadly I haven't had time to do any full paintings recently with my mysticete commission taking up all my time, but I've finished it so hopefully soon I'll get round to another real painting again :D
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Twilighmooon Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  New Deviant
Thank you! I love your art!
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katinasilver Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student Artist
Wow... that's so cool
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Thank you :hug:
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:iconkatinasilver:
katinasilver Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Artist
No Problem! Keep up the good work! I really like orcas!
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:iconhorsepassionforever:
horsepassionforever Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student General Artist
I love killer whales are wonderful animals. I really like how you've drawn very nice
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Thank you! :D
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NyratheDragoness Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
IT IS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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Fight until there is no more fight left inside of you!
-Nyra (During the fight of Sanity)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Thanks! :D
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NyratheDragoness Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
No problem! ^^





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Fight until there is no fight left inside of you!
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WarriorRaptor Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Oh my. This is just... I don't have words to describe this!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
You are so kind, I'm glad you like it so much that it leaves you speechless! Thank you :love:
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WarriorRaptor Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
It's amazing! I love orcas, and this is just the best thing I've ever seen. You deserve the praise!! :)
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Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
it beautiful and stunning art I love the mountains in the background
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thank you very ver much! :love:
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DigiTamerKodi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely love this. TwT
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Thank you so much! ;A;
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DigiTamerKodi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome TwT
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paparazzifan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
YOU ARE SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Haha, aww, thanks so much! :aww:
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Hawksheroes Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
AWESOME , i missed by a week seeing some of these guys in the wild
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Thank you! :D Oh and what a shame, where were you then? Were they migrating or something? :)
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Hawksheroes Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
went to Eden and whale watched for whole trip the hump back whales were heading back to Antarctica with their new born babies i had finished my holiday on the 5th nov and heard a week later they saw killer whales look up Eden in the history of whaling Killer whales used to help the whalers hunt whales we don't hunt whales to kill anymore only to watch them pass by
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Awesome that you saw 'em! Yes, I'm very familiar with the story of the Killers of Eden. Wondrous how things happen like that :)
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
and it's an amazing artwork of course :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Thank you :bow:
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:iconailanista:
Ailanista Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
What an excellent piece! Keep up the great work...!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Thanks very much - glad you like :aww:
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Ailanista Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
My pleasure!
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:iconcreeppingdeath:
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i love orcas, they're beautiful animals
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
You're right, they really are magnificent beasts :)
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ranroona Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this pic has been featured here [link]
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Thank you!
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Bovec Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you have been featured here :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Thank you! :love:
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CloudFrosties Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Artist
Amazing.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Thank you :aww:
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MariaKoch Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's great to see how each artist made their own, individual piece out of it - 2 different styles and techniques.
I like that you didn't blend the orcas shading too much :)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Aww, that's the nasty thing: I have a dark monitor so everything seems fairly dark and smooth to me while if you view it on a laptop it indeed doesn't :XD: Glad to hear you enjoy it, nonetheless :D
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MariaKoch Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ugh, I have the same problems with my dad's mac. It's really dark and the contrast is high, it's so annoying! :D

I really do, it's not as realistic but who says everything needs to be realistic to be good? ;)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Darn it, I want it to be realistic XD
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MariaKoch Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha, I know that feeling, bro :D
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Jac888 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully done. That touch of yellow near the jaw does make a difference :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Thank you very much; I love it when orcas have that :aww:
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peccatori Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's brilliant! :iconluvluvplz:
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Thank you :love:
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TheWolfWithinMe Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a beautiful painting ~ :heart:
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