Saturday, April 29, 2006

Illustration Friday: Under the Sea


The Pacific gray whales pass through Monterey Bay twice a year; once on their way to Baja for the winter, and again as they head back to the Alaskan waters for the summer. Whale watching trips are a great way to see these cetaceans up close. I'll limit my watching experience to the deck of the boat... not from under the sea, thank you very much.

Peace, all.

30 comments:

Robert McLaughlin said...

Sounds like a great idea to stay out of the water, especially with these big guys around.

Ann Ellis said...

What stunning work, Twisselman!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

Wonderful watercolor.

ValGalArt said...

Really beautiful!!! i love whales!

michael dailey said...

like the way u made it look like streams of light filtering thru the water nice work

Katili said...

Wov, what a great piece. Very powerful image and colurs. The lonely one, that hit me when seeing this.

Marion said...

Very nice whale. Also the textures and perspective!

andrea said...

The whale is very nicely rendered (if I can call it that) but I'm especially impressed by the ambiguity and subtlety of the background. (But don't let me trail off into pretentious artspeak...)

Sally said...

Very pretty!

HARDWAX said...

Enlarging it really shows the beautiful detail. Wonderful piece!

Janet said...

Nice!...yes, do like the detail in the enlargement!

The Unknown said...

Oh! It's beautiful.
I love the diffused light.
love

Amy Zaleski said...

Very realistic looking whale and an amazing lighting effect underwater!

stacey m said...

beautiful watercolor!!

Sea Angel said...

Beautifull! I love what you did with the background.

Hi!! =D

modroom said...

Great play with the underwater light effects, some of the best I've seen of the Twisselman Light Effects Dept, and nice feel to this bouyant giant of the depths. A cool suspended feel to this picture.

carla said...

What a majestic, ancient looking creature this is! I love how you created the skin...and the background has that feeling of shifting light and currents. Fine work!

Rectite23 said...

beautiful illo!

stp-illustrations said...

Very very nice work! Love it!

TXArtcGal said...

Beautiful...and very real! Fantastic!

IdiotHead said...

Once again, a fantastic illustration. It would be even more fantastic to see one of these swim by in real life. We don't get too many whales here in NE Ohio. (At not least, not since Sea World moved away).
8^)

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

You must be a very gentle person, all of your paintings emote a love of nature and have such a calming feel to them.

tiffinix said...

Ummm - wow! Okay so you are amazing. What great light and colors. This is really just stunning. I really can not get over the lighting effects and the skin on the whale. Awesome. . .

steve said...

Wow man, how lucky are you? This is GREAT by the way!

The Tart said...

Such a big guy. He looks happy too!
We will create a big big pond 4 him over at the Library Pond! Come on over 4 the details!

Smooch,
The Tart

Such a happy illo!

Jaimie said...

That's a big beautiful determined looking whale. The enlarged version is a stunner.

...Kat said...

OUTSTANDING!

Do you follow the grey whale's migration through the web site Journey North?

the heartful blogger said...

Beautiful.

Lou said...

Beautifully done. Love the whales and your depiction of them. Great job!

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Just browsing your archives and admiring your work. I love this piece. I move to the Ventura area, just north of L.A. about four years ago. I LOVE marine life and the ocean. I go whale watching a few times a year, and am always on the look out for dolphins, seals and the like. Someday I hope to vacation in the Baja during the whale birthing time and check that out. Do you ever get to the L.A. area?