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Orca as Totem

The Orca, or 'killer whale' (a misnomer, since it is a dolphin first), is the largest member of the dolphin family. It is perhaps best known for its appearances in films like Free Willy, and among most people for its great intelligence, fierce and innovative hunting techniques, and distinctive black and white appearance. There are five different 'types' of killer whale, depending on where they live, how they hunt, and so on. Killer whales have distinctive language dialects per pod and region, and have been described to have their own cultures. Killer whales are apex predators, and some will even target larger whale species for food; killing them through suffocation.

Orca as a totem animal can represent: (not an exhaustive list)

Energy of change and changing, adaptability, clinical and detached intelligence, balancing ‘black and white,’ rejecting simple truths, polarity, dialect and language, being a predator to get what you want, socialising, needing others around you, wolf of the sea.

Original AVAILABLE - $75 USD
18.5 x 20.5cm (or 7.4 x 8 in)
illo's board, fineliner, aquarelle, pencil, allic and iridescent paint
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:iconuranimated18:
Uranimated18 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
Free Willy! LOL :D
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LadyDemona Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
I have the orca totem and this is beautiful!
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Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I love Orca :heart: and I love all you work :heart:
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SilverSoulArtist Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow your work really speaks to me, I love the description you provided. I sometimes have dreams with orca's in them, and one orca always seems to appear. Someone in the dream said his name was Rod, because he's supposed to be a "Totem Rod" (dunno why not a totem pole, dreams are weird like that haha). I'm not too much of a supernatural believer, but seeing Rod in dreams over and over is always nice. This picture is so simple and lovely :heart: Great job!!
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Orcas are amazing, interesting, powerful creatures, though they way they play with their food can be so challenging to view.
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SilverSoulArtist Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very true, but it is the circle of life I suppose =)
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jamieink Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student Artist
I love your style <3 it's amazing
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hee, thank you. :)
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Shayde-of-Dae Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Student General Artist
this is beautiful! the orca happens to be my totem, and my inspiration to draw :heart:
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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TheRunningWolf Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Thats beautiful
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! :)
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TheRunningWolf Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
np :D
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Ekahuei Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
aww so pretty !!! :aww:
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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suchomimus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
My totem! Awesome!
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NiniriAZ Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Orcas are very interesting critters, and certainly a 'dolphinoid' shape. :)
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
They are very interesting.
I find them a little scary too...
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BrokenViolet Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
oh my god that is soooo cute!! I love the colours! :love:
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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BrokenViolet Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
you are very welcome!! :)
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ZsofiaGyuker Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
So cute :)
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another beautiful addition to your series! How many have you done now, and how many do you intend to do? :)
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
In this specific style, I've done over 190 (ZOMG). But totem animals, in any style, including my older one - I've probably done just over 300 individual illustrations.

I don't know how many I intend to do. I'll stop when I get bored or die; because there's definitely enough animals out there that I'll never run out!

And of course there's plants too...
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antlercat-anon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I really like this. The shape of this creature's head is really sweet X)
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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rocamiadesign Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009   Digital Artist
Beautiful, like all your work! :clap:
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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