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Narrows Pod

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Oh golly, this one took awhile…

To my recollection, this is my first purely colored pencil, full color drawing of this size since The Sight, which sort of says something, as I drew The Sight back in Winter 03 to Spring 04. Also (though a lot of my early submissions are not in order, was my first piece I put on the website). And since I’ve always considered The Sight my most difficult drawing, this one probably comes in second (and in many ways, first).

It turned out mediocre, I think (my opinions of my drawings go down with each day, so you are witnessing the high point of my confidence, haha). I took out some bridge detail, though on purpose, because I could only make my lines so thin. Also, the spray on the rightmost orca came out far too dense—made me SO ANGRY because it was that last thing I did, after a good 20 hours of labor, and in a matter of seconds screwed it up with some haywire paint flecks. Oh well.

It is for my Grandma’s birthday. We visit her every summer, but always miss her exact birthdate (because it is right after the 4rth of July, where we traditionally stay home). But this year we decided to spend the fourth in Tacoma. I drew this for her, as the Narrows Bridge is very close to her house, and the Pugent Sound is an orca haven (though not necessarily right at the bridge—I’ve created a bit of fanciful scene).

The scanner blurred the image a bit. Well, it’s not the scanner, it’s the software. Right after scanning, the image was quite crisp. Then after I save it and started to copy and paste the 4 images together, it turned blurred (wish there was a way around it). This always happens when scanning my drawings (so you’ve been seeing a distorted image all over my gallery).

So, solid colored pencil, a few spots of paint, and I’m SO GLAD it’s finished …… I don’t do full colors often because they take so long that they drive me mad. I usually do charcoal except for cartoon images.
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clgpic's avatar
clgpicHobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! Wonderful!

Which pod is it? 8D
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MoundfreekHobbyist Traditional Artist
Good question! Technically, probably not any real pod, as they tend not to stray that close to Tacoma. But maybe the L-Pod? Just because I once adopted a beauty from that pod, haha
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clgpicHobbyist Digital Artist
omg, L-Pod is my favorite! =D

If you don't mind me asking, who did you adopt? =O

I adopted Lulu.

Racer is one of my favorites though.

I also like Grace. ;D

And there's a new calf as well! =O
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MoundfreekHobbyist Traditional Artist
OOPS!!! Not L-pod, she's actually J pod. Her name is Hy'Shqa. I want to adopt her again, it was fun being connected with an orca. I actually went whale watching up in that area the year that I adopted her (I like to pretend that I saw her among the wild orcas).

Lulu sounds neat! I just read about her, apparently she often hangs out with the J pod!
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clgpicHobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I see.

That is true. Onyx hangs out with K-Pod. I love the peace and unity these guys have. ;D
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AlexPhotograpyHobbyist Photographer
awesome drawing .
really cool with the breath and the bridge.
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adavessethHobbyist Traditional Artist
I can tell it took a while :O
Awesome work! And good job staying with your patience.
Really like the efford you put into it, and the details, especially the bridge and the water.
:)
smilefrog22's avatar
Woah, that's really good! I could never draw a whale that good!
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TooncouplefanaticHobbyist Writer
Wow!!! This is awsome!! I knew u were a good artist but...my got this is good!!!!
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mewpudin Interface Designer
welcome
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mewpudin Interface Designer
it's so pretty
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MoundfreekHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanx!
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Dark-Orka Photographer
Very great !!! :clap: I love this painting !!! :love:
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MoundfreekHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanx! It's NOTHING compared to your work. Seriously, you are one of the best Orca artists I've ever seen in my life! Also, thanks for the favorite!
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Realms-MasterHobbyist General Artist
SIMPLY BRILLIANT LASS! *grins* as always, da Prismacolor Master! Don't sell yourself short mate, this is flippin awesome! :D I always love seeing your work, WOOT!
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MoundfreekHobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like! I took HOURS!!! Haha, kinda glad it's over, Hakuna Matata!
Corvat's avatar
Wow! This does look like it would take a long time! I don't think the sprays on any of the whales look bad at all. By the way, how do you make those sprays? Even though they take a really long time, you should work on more of these amazing full-color drawings. They really show off your brilliant skill as an artist!
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MoundfreekHobbyist Traditional Artist
Corvat, you are so sweet and good to me.

I learned how to do spray/snow/stars by using a fun trick from elementary school. You dip a toothbrush in white paint, then stroke it with your thumb; the paint flies everywhere in small droplets (so I cut out a shape I want the spray to form, then shield the rest of the drawing, so the flecks only appear the desired place).
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That is beautiful. I'd give anything - anything - to see an orca up close. They are huge, powerful animals, beautiful in their own right....

The shading is perfect. Everything is proportioned. I love the mist coming out of their blowholes. It is such a peaceful and inspiring scene! I love it. :+fav:
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MoundfreekHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the kind comment! Glad you like the drawing, and more importantly, glad you like orcas!!
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SangoBaby9128Hobbyist Artist
I love it! I love orca's/killer whales! :)
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MoundfreekHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I love orcas too!!
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SangoBaby9128Hobbyist Artist
YEP! I know they're sooooooo beautiful animals! ^_-
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kt-chanHobbyist General Artist
That’s really amazing, I can see that taking forever with all that color pencil! Well done. :D
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