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Marine Life of the Maritime Provinces by namu-the-orca Marine Life of the Maritime Provinces by namu-the-orca

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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:iconjimmyjames2004:
jimmyjames2004 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018
Do you take requests?
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
Nope, sorry.
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acepredator Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018
Seen only one of these in the wild (harbour seal....in the Pacific)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
That's lovely already! Seals are cool too. I haven't seen many of these guys either.
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DOTB18 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  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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DOTB18 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Student General Artist
Wow so many animals in one place and so much detail
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Student General Artist
your welcome 
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lonesome-wolf-child Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018
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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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  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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Nimkish Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  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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masaothedog Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018   Artist
These are really cool! I love your animal illustrations. 
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad to hear that :)
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mistersaxon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  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)

:sun:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  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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mistersaxon Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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Shiverdam Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  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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Moonstone27 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018   General Artist
Oohhhh amazing work:wow::wow::wow:!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconmoonstone27:
Moonstone27 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018   General Artist
you're welcome:aww::)
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Dolphingurl21stuff Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! That's really good!!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Dolphingurl21stuff Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
yw!!
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CalvinOrca25 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
very cute
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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CalvinOrca25 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
yw
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Nikaleles Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is great, and i love them, but i couldnt enjoy them as much as i wanted to, because the entire time i was scrolling down the sheet i was just wondering how the sperm whale man is like 50% head
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
hahaha omg nik your comments make me laugh
BEHOLD, THE BIGGEST AFFRONT TO MAN KIND: THE MALE SPERM WHALE'S HEAD

i'm afraid it's a truth we'll just have to face (getit) because big adult males really do have a body that's 1/3 head. 
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Nikaleles Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im glad i learned this before i started doing anything with sperm whales. i always wondered why sometimes their heads just look ludicrously crazy fuck-off huge. i thought maybe it was just perspective or some of them were freaky.

now i just know they were mans
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
ludicrously crazy fuck-off huge heads.. that sounds about right
funnily enough that's also the meaning of their species name (but without the swearing)

beware underwater photo lens distortion though in head size. this: ichef.bbci.co.uk/wwfeatures/wm… is just a baby, photographed with fisheye lens. but the real manly mans are pretty unmistakable. you'll know it when you see it
they basically look like square submarines www.hakaimagazine.com/wp-conte…
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Nikaleles Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I DON'T KNOW IF I LIKE IT.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Professional General Artist
SUBMARINE SPERM WHALES ARE A FACT OF LIFE
ACCEPT IT
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neogeneseamonster Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018
Beautiful artwork! This is one of the best depiction of marine megafauna I've ever seen :D
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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Bran-Artworks Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Student General Artist
Totally epic! im  happy to see more beaked whales :D and those turtles... simply magnificent! 
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Yeah it was so cool to finally concentrate on some beakers, they're awesome and lovely to draw (once you find proper photos..). Ah and thanks again :love: Turtles were a first for me, and especially with that weird leatherback I was a bit worried. But I'm glad they turned out well!
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Bran-Artworks Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Student General Artist
Yes, being that elusive makes good pictures a bit of a rare sight too and with some sea turtles too, l drew some local turtles some time ago and l found challenging getting good references of Chelonia agassizii. The leatherback looks really good, a very fascinating turtle which is faster than its look.
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FerrerasBS Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Professional General Artist
Killer Whale is my fav animal of the sea.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
They're awesome dolphins for sure!
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BlueRavenfire Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
really great work :)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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BlueRavenfire Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome :)
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