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Wrapped by Quasimanga Wrapped by Quasimanga
Art created for the weekly illustration challenge site, This is my take on the subject “Wrapped”.

“Wrapped” started with the octopus. I liked the idea of using its out-jutting tentacles as a framing device for the picture. I considered using a modern day diver, or an unfortunate swimmer as his victim, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was making the picture more mundane than required. Since there were no restrictions (and I’m already using a monster octopus) why not delve completely into the realm of fantasy, and make its victim into a mermaid?

There you have it. She’s wrapped.

I consciously limited the palette and degree of brushwork in this piece, modifying my painting style to match up with the sort of quick-turnaround work seen in magazine spot illustrations. I was shooting for two days, but the work took a little longer than expected – maybe 2.5 days in total.

For more information about this picture, and work-in-progress image buildups, check out my blog:

For more on octopi, here’s an amazing video, featuring narration by good ‘ole David Attenborough.

As always, you can follow me on twitter. I’m Quasimanga.


Sketched on a half page of 9”x12” Strathmore Sketch paper. Finalized and painted in Photoshop CS 3.

High-quality Giclee prints are available in both 8.5"x11" ($10 plus $3.50 shipping) and 11"x17" ($20 plus $3.50 shipping) sizes, and I'll be happy to sign it.

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meridisa Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning artwork 
Nik-2213 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016
Ooh ! Having tangled with a very small, but feisty octopus at a sea-life centre, I would NOT care to encounter a larger version.

A Kraken would be the stuff of nightmare for MerFolk...
JennMermaid Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
But then what happened?  Was she rescued?
TouchedbyLavender Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are an amazing artist! This is incredible! You are so talented!!
Xenarys91 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely fantastic!
Alecia1974 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
I love this.
sara-kwon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
leaftail99 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
thats reeeeaallly good :D
graywalrus Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Where...where have I seen this kind of thing before...probably on the wrong kind of sites...
BarkingBone Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
I love this peice...such great emotion and contrast in colors. BLUE.
JennMermaid Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Does she escape?
Sorelliena Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This makes me smile :D I do love your attention to detail on the suction cups and her expression--nice composition, too!
damntwistedperson Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
I'm sure the army of pink dolphins will come to her rescue.
stormtrooper56 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
She's screwed! What a hot meal she will make, luck octopus
Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
I think there is a song by Dethklok about this.....:D Any follow-up pics on what happens next? Given the "macabe/horror" tag I am guess nature takes its course? ^^; Limited palette or not the colors are VERY outstanding here! :nod: Not to mention your choice of angle and perspective.
crouching-kitty Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Oo the colors are so good
Kumorigyaru Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
i love how clean it looks
Tactition101 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
awesome pic
laturia Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Hey, scary but cool!

Ofidian Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
The best part about this piece is the contrasting palette; the rust-reds and the rich blues. I would love to see more artists work with a limited number of colors like in this piece.

The expressions on their faces just makes this piece even better!
greysmoke321 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
awesome art...
mrConceptual Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Really like the colours and texture here! =)
AkikoMiyahara Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Very awesome.
The octopus's eyes tell me that he just wants a hug xD
pocket-picasso Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Whoa my gosh, this is SO cool...
Lilielo-Lawliet Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
AndroidSkeleton Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009   General Artist
Amazing work
Haragos Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
Cool Work!
007-R0B3R7 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
sweet dig! :) love it
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Thats fantastic! Superb work man, thats a great pose and camera angle!
saiyanhajime Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nice textures and composition. Like the colours too!
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
one of your best!
AteMozzarella Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Student General Artist
I like the concept, and you put a heck of a lot of expression in both the squid and the mermaid 8D
Mechy-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
tee hee hee. I love this piece so much! The coloring on the Octopus is amazingly unique! <3 Great stuff ;3 I'd love to see more Octopus work from ya'!
JesCallie Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009   Traditional Artist
awesome work!
AokiBengal Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
That's what happens I suppose when you wander into an Octopus' den! Especially if she's got eggs.
I love how the beak is so subtle.
Dhutchison Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
What a beautifully conceived and executed work! :+fav:
Songwind Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice. It's interesting. I was able to absorb it quickly, but then the more I look at it, the more details I am seeing. Well done.
QwinsepiaSquared Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
I dig the interpretation. Love your style!
Whiskej Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Very clean and precise lines you got there, how could actually someone DO NOT like your style? It's good.
oxShadowCatxo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Thats brilliant, I love the tone and colour, very vibrant. :D
pixel-katt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
This is just insanely amazing, I'm speachless
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