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!
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.
You are working on your own book, aren't you? You've almost drawn every species now 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..
(I hope so, anyway)
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.
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…