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Marine Life of the Maritime Provinces
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Published: July 31, 2018
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After months of work and waiting, here is at long last the full MARS commission. MARS (Marine Animal Response Society) is active in the Maritime Provinces of Canada, and is called upon whenever a marine creature is found dead or in distress. These illustrations will be used to educate their volunteers and assist in making species identifications during strandings or at sea.

With 42 separate illustrations, this is my largest project to date - quite a load of work! But it was an absolute pleasure to do. I got to paint animals I have never painted before, as well as revisit some old friends. The diversity of species found in this one area is impressive and made for varied painting.

I’m pretty pleased seeing them all together like this, and I hope you’ll enjoy them too! 

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jimmyjames2004's avatar
Do you take requests?
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Nope, sorry.
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acepredator's avatar
Seen only one of these in the wild (harbour seal....in the Pacific)
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
That's lovely already! Seals are cool too. I haven't seen many of these guys either.
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I actually saw four of these on a trip to the Saint Lawrence a few years back; a whole pod of minkes, a pair of fins (they were ENORMOUS), a lone humpback, and a few grey seal heads popping up every now and again. It was quite the experience.
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Ohh that is so cool! Chance encounters like those are the best :D And I can't even imagine the sheer size of a finback (let alone a blue). It must be wholly impressive to encounter such an enormous creature.
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It was certainly distinct. The minkes were fast, diving almost as quickly as they surfaced, come and go, literally blink-and-you'll-miss-it. The fins, on the other hand, took their time. They'd come up for air, spouting plumes of mist that hung over the water for minutes at a time, and they'd go, and go, and go. I will never forget that.

As for the lone humpback, I noticed that it wasn't very big -not much bigger than the minkes- so I suspected that it may have been a calf separated from its mother.
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Ravenroseserpent|Student General Artist
Wow so many animals in one place and so much detail
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Ravenroseserpent|Student General Artist
your welcome 
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lonesome-wolf-child|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wowww that's absolutely amazing! :wow: All the details on each and every animal you've illustrated here is just.. Wow. That's absolutely stunning! You definitely should be proud of all this! They turned out amazing! :D
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :love: When you work on all of them one by one it's easy to get lost in the individuals. Seeing them all together at last is very satisfying indeed :D
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Leaubellon's avatar
Impressive work. I like that you keep the colouring simple and neat regarding lighting and volume, it works very well for those educational posters.
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Thank you! That's a big compliment coming from you. The relatively simple and plain colouring was mostly due to the client's wishes - they operated on a limited budget, and with so many animals to paint there wasn't much time for extravagant details. But in the end it worked out well. The simplistic style binds them all together, and as you say, it works well for educational purposes :)
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Such an amazing and impressive project!
You are working on your own book, aren't you? You've almost drawn every species now XD
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Thank you ♥ Ah man, my book... that was such an old idea haha. I never really got anywhere with it though. If I were to make a book these days, I think it would be more focusing on the slight differences in morphology between populations of the same species, just because that fascinates me. But I have no idea who would buy something like that, outside die-hard cetacean nerds like us xD
As an aside, I'm afraid I'm still far off from drawing all species! I think the beaked whales are lacking most of all, and for many it's been years since I painted them..
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These are really cool! I love your animal illustrations. 
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad to hear that :)
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mistersaxon|Hobbyist Photographer
This is an amazing piece of work! I am concerned about the typo in the heading though (Responce). I know, it's being picky, but isn't that one reason you post this stuff here? For the nitpicking?

(I hope so, anyway)

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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Thank you! Ah, someone else had pointed it out to me as well and I'd hoped no one else would notice... but your sharp eyes prove me wrong. I've corrected the typo :)
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mistersaxon|Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry! I just thought you'd want to know... The client would likely spot it too - everyone checks their own name :)

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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
No need to say sorry! Ah that's true, but the client didn't receive the images in this format. They just have the full size illustrations separately so they can use them however they like :) If I were to send this to MARS.. yeah I would've double checked their name for sure haha
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Shiverdam|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, you've been busy! This is fantastic, I just love the sea turtles. Leatherbacks are my favourite.
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Yeah, that's what's been keeping me quiet for a month :D But thank you ♥ I'm so happy the turtles turned out well, they're odd beasts and were a first for me to paint!
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