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EDIT: Decided to sell this after all, the original and prints of it are available here.

A mixed media painting; a watercolor background and Copic marker Whales with black multiliner and white gelpen for the highlights.

I used about a dozen different reference images, for the whales and for various details such as the eyes. I decided to use watercolor for the background because it would cost me a bit too much marker ink :P
And I used several different colored Copics on the background to smooth things out, I remember Cool Shadow and the Blender but there were others as well ;)

Time taken: about 6 hours give or take. The background took up most time.
Watercolors and Copic markers on A4 Bristol board.

Mixed feelings about this one, the watercolor could have been so much better... Oh well, just a reason to keep practising. I might redo this soon and then use watercolor paper instead of the Bristol.
Whales turned very well, really pleased with them. And large-scale whales are much easier and faster to color than sketchcard sized whales, much less fiddly :)

What do you think of my new signature/watermark? This also has an almost invisible watermark as well. Which I think is better than the obtrusive dA watermark ;)

WIPS here: [link]
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Shinymane1 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I couldn't help but notice the Orca in the far background. Is this one a different type from a different pod? As it looks like the Antarctic pod ones (I'm not sure of the terms haha) compared to your resident orca family in the foreground :)
cmdrtekk Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Nice work. :)
Parabuteo78 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
ARTG33K74 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Parabuteo78 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
ARTG33K74 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Watercolour on illustration board is a bear to work with. If you try a piece of hot press 300# watercolour paper, around $12 in USA, I think you will LOVE it. ☺
Parabuteo78 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have been trying to find hot press as a matter of fact, but it is very hard to find here. Most store don't carry it and if they do, it's terribly expensive.
I'm looking at foreign stores and eBay now :)
ARTG33K74 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I recommend Blick Art Supply or Jerry's Artarama. See if there is shipping to your area. ☺ Sometimes you can find 300# hot press in ten packs. BFK Rives heavy weight paper may also be of interest to you. Rives is usually used by printmakers, I have used it for drawing and it is all around great paper.
SuiPumpkin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is absolutely stunning
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