Saturday, March 01, 2008

Illustration Friday-Leap

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This is my entry for IF's "leap". As a naturalist on whale watching boats, I often carry around plastic models of whales and dolphins to help educate passengers on the boat. Just yesterday we saw a huge pod of 1500 dolphins that rushed over to the boat. Many of them leap out of the water as if they are playing. Really amazing to see, and now I get to see it often. We also found two spectacular Humpback whales who bonded with our boat and repeatedly surfaced right next to the boat. Humpbacks are more likely to do this than many other sorts of whales. Sometimes Humpbacks leap out of the water, called breaching, but it's not seen as frequently. As we left the whales, they poked their heads out of the water to watch us leave, that's called "spyhopping". It was a great day of whale watching.

Feedback welcome! I appreciate all who stop by and make the effort to comment.



Blogger pixo said...

I wish I was there ...

March 01, 2008 8:45 PM  
Blogger Eli said...

I love dolphins, so cool. I actually worked at sea world in Orlando for spring break in Highschool. I sold Shamu bars and sodas at the dolphin show, I loved the little baby dolphin, it would spend most of its time swimming upside down. The mime before the show: less cool, I was always afraid he would mess with me.

End of tangent.

Keep up the great work, Scott!

March 01, 2008 9:25 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Parsons said...

love the background! abstract and perfect for the theme- terrific illustration as usual!


March 01, 2008 10:13 PM  
Blogger Elise N Black said...

I would have liked to have seen that! I grew up in Thousand Oaks, and we came to the beaches as often as time would permit! Simply amazing! The ocean and all the creatures that live there! Wonderful! My favorite part of this illustration is that beautiful big brush stroke! It's like the ocean, soft and blue. Lovely texture against the smoothness of the hand and the dolphin! Nice!

March 01, 2008 10:40 PM  
Blogger ElizT said...

What an interesting story, thank you for that.

March 01, 2008 11:20 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Let me know if you ever see Kirk & Spock trying to save the humpbacks...

March 02, 2008 8:52 AM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

One of your best hands Scott! This reminds me of people who take photographs and make it look at though they're holding up the leaning tower of Pisa or pinching David's bottom! This looks as though you're holding up a real dolphin in the distance instead of a plastic model. Nice!
I'm envious of your sightings :)

March 02, 2008 9:23 AM  
Blogger Forever Young said...

and i love dolphins too,howlucky you are to spend your time with these wonderful creatures, and a good illo as always.

March 02, 2008 9:47 AM  
Blogger JO said...

Really wonderful story and illo!

March 02, 2008 9:52 AM  
Blogger esque said...

This is very beautiful, tranquil yet playful. Thanks for sharing the story!

March 02, 2008 9:56 AM  
Blogger Pickledog said...

Whale watching sounds like a wonderful experience! This piece has a very tranquil feel to it, and I like how you captured the motion of the hand/dolphin leaping in and out of the water.

March 02, 2008 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great illustration Scott, and letting us know what inspired it makes it more so.

March 02, 2008 3:08 PM  
Blogger nina seven said...

I love the inspiration behind this one...also, the dolphin is adorable.

March 02, 2008 3:32 PM  
Blogger steve said...

You're so fortunate to get to witness these things. You did a fine job incorporating your love of aquatic mammals into your work this time!

March 02, 2008 5:20 PM  
Blogger SENTA said...

That sounds so cool! And so is this!

March 02, 2008 6:51 PM  
Blogger claudine hellmuth said...

love your story behind the illo and the illo is great too! Another wonderful hand illustration!

March 02, 2008 7:17 PM  
Blogger Ars said...

Great hand! I am impressed.

March 03, 2008 5:42 AM  
Blogger rbaird said...

Wow Steve! You are so full of info!
This is wonderful!

March 03, 2008 6:15 AM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

Nice background on this that really adds to the pic. And great info on you...nice 'side' job you've got. Must provide nice chances for some solid photography as well as drawing.

March 03, 2008 6:37 AM  
Blogger Kevin Levell said...

This is really nice, I like the subtle colours and the brilliant composition, the background really adds a sense of motion. As usual your command of the anatomy of hands is spot on!

March 03, 2008 8:52 AM  
Blogger André Gribble said...

Clever and awesome.
The hand really is perfect. And I agree with the others, the background is great, it adds to the "leaping" factor.

March 03, 2008 12:36 PM  
Blogger Bee said...

Your whale watching account is a really nice addition to this weeks theme, this must be the most breathtaking form of 'leaping'. I like your illustration take on this too, with your dolphin model, it looks like you are explaining the scene (as indeed you say you do on the boat).

March 03, 2008 12:40 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Thanks for visiting!

Fantastic work as usual, Scott!

March 03, 2008 4:49 PM  
Blogger Tim Hunt said...

Neat image Scott. The scale of the dolphin leaves you curious. Interesting explanation.

March 04, 2008 12:40 PM  
Blogger Aspa said...

Great consept and illustration Scott. I like the background very much too. It adds a lot of movement to the illustration.

March 04, 2008 4:32 PM  
Blogger marina _ tsu-mina said...

Very polished work!
And great inspiration too. In my life I've see dolphins only one time in the north of Europe.

March 05, 2008 5:19 AM  
Blogger Janice said...

great image and cool job!

March 05, 2008 7:47 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

i cal almost hear the dolphin-like sweeesh and squeak of the one playing with it.. lol 8)

a simply beautiful hand illo again..

March 06, 2008 6:22 AM  
Blogger van dyke said...

Hi, nice illustration. The background wash sweeps through like wave action and helps to give your image life. Plus, reading about your dolphin and whale sightings... very cool. Makes me want to go visit Hawaii again and get closer to the whales. Good work.

March 06, 2008 9:05 AM  
Blogger lil kim said...

great illo - i love the stroke of paint in the background, and your "other job" sounds absolutely enchanting. must be very inspiring!

March 07, 2008 12:57 AM  
Blogger Richard Cardona said...

very cool Scott. Can't wait to see what you come up with for Garden.

March 07, 2008 11:42 AM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

I enjoyed reading about your whale watching, Scott. I'll memorize that word, though I won't need to use it very often: spy hopping.

March 08, 2008 7:13 AM  
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