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The Sea Shepherd

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The Sea Shepherd

(Not sure if I've got the category right, since it's the first thing I've ever really done like this).

Anyway, an illustration for an upcoming exhibition, in which I will be exploring an imperfect future where augmented animals are used for human profit.

The first being the Giant (uber-giant) squid as 'sea shepherd.'

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38 x 51cm / 15 x 20 in
Crescent illustrator's board, technical pens, pencil and aquarelle, metallic paint.
Image size
1850x2400px 4.51 MB
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The-Grey-Panther's avatar
The-Grey-PantherHobbyist General Artist
Very clever concept!
Also, this is visually awesome. The different textures and the outlines are amazing. I really like the clouds.
Ravenari's avatar
RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you! I really must return to this style one day.
MuttMix's avatar
MuttMixHobbyist Writer
"Then the Giant Squid gave the ship's crew a safety lecture about sailing during storm season."

/Well done!
Ravenari's avatar
RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
That's the future I want to live in. *grins*
K4nK4n's avatar
Thank you for sharing this, and Happy Holidays.
K4nK4n's avatar
This is very interesting and cool. I like cephalopods and am a fan of steampunk, too. It's nice to see the tentacled ones as the good guys for once. They've been portrayed too much as villains.
Ravenari's avatar
RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
They are portrayed too often as villains! I have a few more works in this series to go. Two feature helpful animals again (dolphins and a giraffe in this instance) and war-like animal (octopus - not so much a villain, but I guess a weaponised part of a war?) It's been a lot of fun as a series.
Arianwen13's avatar
Maybe I'm mistaken, but i interpreted this as the squid being "altered" to allow light to pass through it's eyes, thus illuminating a floating object (buoy?) which is directing sea traffic, 'the way' etc', (presumably in a 'helpful' way, at least to it's 'creators') through the use of it's tentacles.

How far off was I? LOL :D?
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Pretty spot on! The Sea Shepherd both directs sea traffic, but will also - if necessary - grasp boats and move them out of harm's way. :D
Arianwen13's avatar
Hi Rav,

Please tell me more about this upcoming exhibit of yours. (or direct me to where I can learn more on the web) I'll not be able to attend-it being on a different continent after all, and I have ongoing responsibilities here. But I'm very intrigued...is the "theme" the wrong we do to animals (even potentially) or are you presenting in a more ambivalent, pragmatic light...allowing those who view your work to form their own opinions? I.E. neither "good" nor "bad".

I've noticed some artists (of all types, musical, visual art, whatever) delight in their viewers interpretations of their work...but never reveal what their true intentions were or what they were expressing.

But you seem to me as someone who'd to want to 'get a message across' so to speak. (forgive me if I'm wrong-just my impression of you)

Thoughts?

Peace Profound,

Cara
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RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Ah alas, this piece was posted (and sold) in 2010, and the exhibition was at the 2010 Swancon. I should really edit it. However, I'll be illustrating three more 'steampunk' pieces (ideally) for next year's Swancon which will be in the same style and theme.

As for the message, it depends. For the most part, I let people determine the meanings for themselves, particularly in certain series. I've never explained a Wandsuna illustration, for example. The steampunk series is more of a gray area - sometimes I'll explain a little bit as an insight into the world, but I won't dictate or try and persuade people to feel one way or the other about something. I love viewer interpretation, and I feel that it is always more important than my own thoughts on the matter.

As for the steampunk series theme. There is no one specific theme. It focuses on the emotions and issues that come up with the idea of genetically and physically modifying animals so that they can serve us in the future. Drawing attention to extreme ways that may manifest can also draw our attention to how we do it now (in creating dog breeds, or chickens that birth larger eggs etc.). But how people feel about it - excited about this science fiction world, sad, angry, happy or anticipatory (as an example), and what they take away from each individual painting is theirs and theirs alone. :D
Arianwen13's avatar
My late mother once approached the topic "Artists VS> Painters"in conversation with with me. I just "Googled" it and found this, on "Yahoo "Ask" of all places"perhaps overly simplistic but very accurate nonetheless:

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker

Artist is a creative one. Painter is a follower.

Artist explores from soul while painter do it with hands/mind. (I.E. technically accurate)

Artist gets rewarded for his creativity, while painter for his labour. (MAY AS WELL PAINT WALLS, OR COPY OTHER'S PAINTINGS, IN MOST CASES.

IMHO)

Your insight to our future is both beautiful and terrifying! And yet, at the same time, wonderful to have the imagination to entertain the possibilities of the seemingly fantastical!
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ShadowsFall196Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the colors you use throughout your work <3
Ravenari's avatar
RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I'm hoping to do some more in this style, this year. :D
ShadowsFall196's avatar
ShadowsFall196Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic :D
Quilsnap's avatar
Quilsnap General Artist
very neat idea to illustrate. also nice use of broad lines and fine details.
Ravenari's avatar
RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :D
elizabethnixon's avatar
elizabethnixonProfessional Traditional Artist
I love this! The texture in the clouds and in the sea is amazing. I love your style.
Ravenari's avatar
RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. I hope to do more pictures like this soon. :)
elizabethnixon's avatar
elizabethnixonProfessional Traditional Artist
I really like your style! It's so surreal and beautiful :)
Ra-bird's avatar
the background or underlayer is amazing by itself already.
It takes quite some refocussing from squid to background, but when I did my eyes went real wide in awe..
Ravenari's avatar
RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. :D
alaskabaskets's avatar
Awesome. Looks like it could be my totem animal - not! Dinner, maybe.
Ravenari's avatar
RavenariProfessional Traditional Artist
THank you! :D Heh, mmm, big calamari!
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