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:star::star: EDIT: Added clouds, shading, and fixed the water. :star::star:
:pointr: I apologize for low quality-- Photoshop wouldn't let me save the file right! :pointl:

A Tribute to RUFFLES, J1, the iconic elder male of the endangered Southern Resident Orcas, who was pronounced Missing on February 22 2011.

I'm hoping and praying for your return, my brother.

It had me at the edge of tears-- on Tuesday, our fears came true: The Center for Whale Research officially listed Ruffles, J1, as 'missing'. He has not been officially sighted since November 21st 2010. I'm keeping the faith, however, that he will return to grace our waters for years to come.

Here's to you, big guy, and for everything you've done for us. We love you.

About the Piece
Ruffles J1 is shown surfacing in front of the equally as iconic Lime Kiln lighthouse, famous for letting visitors watch the Orcas from close range without harming them. I chose the LK lighthouse to be in the drawing because it represents light, life, and joy. (By the way, there is actually trees by the lighthouse so I included one. It may symbolize growth and dreams.)

Then, the gulls-- no duplicates; all individually drawn. They're to signify the flight that Ruffles has taken us all on, a journey to a better self and better understanding and appreciation of our natural world and our cetacean brothers and sisters.

And finally, the sunset. Ruffles' time may be gone, or not, we do not know at the moment. What we do know, however, is that his light will live on for generations, inspiring many to protect and conserve our world and wild neighbors.


Want more Ruffles? See my other J1 deviations:


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:bulletblack:(C) SaphireTheFortunate 2010:bulletblack:
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Oh dear! D: I do hope he turns up! I can't much relate, but I will say my prayers for the big guy! :heart:
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verybluebird Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:bow: Thank you.
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wilting-silk-roses16 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
WHOA! That's so totally bitchin! : D
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verybluebird Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive: :lol: Why thanks!
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lol You're very welcome!
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animalgirl79 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
*is sorry it took so long to comment*
Oh, it's absolutely amazing, Saph. You did an beautiful job on it; my favorite is probably the water. The sunset's reflection looks incredible on it. :) The lighthouse is cool too!

I really hope the big guy's ok; he is truly an amazing addition to the San Juan islands, and they wouldn't be the same without him! :heart:
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: I agree. Thank you!
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OrionsBelt2010 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Wow what a difference such little details make! I was actually going to mention something about the sky just being one solid color, but you jumped right on that. It's a different picture altogether. Very nice!
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:) Thanks so much!
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Agent-Of-Insanity Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My sister swears on...on something super important to her that she saw ruffles the other day on her boat while trying to get back to Seattle before bad weather hit. I hope she is right but the boat was of course trying to out run bad weather. But the day that Ruffles is confirmed missing is going to sure be a sad day for me.
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
So I've heard...as much as I'd love to fully believe it, I'm waiting for an official sighting before I truly confirm he's alive.
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Phantom303 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Oh wow, this is beautiful! I love the colors, and the water is simply amazing!

I'm really hoping he's ok.
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:) Thank you SO much! The water took a long time (I used the smudge tool for most of it, and my computer hates the smudge tool. Seriously, I waited an hour for it to load and then it crashed and I had to re-do it. :( ).

:nod: We all are.
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MariaKoch Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I have read that someone has seen him, it was a journal entry.. I can't remember who wrote it, but they said they saw Ruffles just a few days ago :)

Beautiful piece, though!
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much! :)
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MariaKoch Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
such a nice one.
i just love it ;)
great sunrise and background.
RIP, if your really leave us :tears:
i still believe.
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:) Thank you very much. Yes, keep him in your thoughts...I think he can feel our prayers and if he's alive, he will return!
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Pat-Patriksson Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice work! I agree that it has a very dreamy quality to it... and I like the brush effect to make the tree.
How old is he?
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive: Thank you very much, Pat! The tree was enjoyable to create!

He's estimated to be around 60 years of age. He is the oldest male in the community; the next oldest is L41 Mega who was born in 1977.
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GlacialEmpress Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's gorgeous! I absolutely love the color scheme. You did a great job on J1's fin and saddle, and those birds...wow. Awesome. :D
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: Thank you so much! Those are wonderful compliments! :) I spent a while getting his saddle and dorsal right...on paper, it's easy to draw but with a tablet and Photoshop it's trickier!

Thanks again! :)
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GlacialEmpress Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I totally understand. I even have a laptop that folds down flat so I can draw on it like a clipboard, and things still don't turn out quite the way they would on actual paper.

You're most welcome! :D
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OrionsBelt2010 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
I'm going to be a critic because that's.... just what I am lol The colors are wonderful, I love the fact that you drew the seagulls individually. That had to take some serious time. Although you have the colors down to a T, I would put a little more attention into the reflection of the water. Just think of the water as a rough surfaced mirror. The dark reflection of the land's shadow would anatomically extend a bit further than what it is, about the the height of the land itself, depending on the perspective. Since it's a very hard edged silhouette, the relection would also be hard edged. I love the water spew from the whales breather, don't think I could have done a better job myself. Water is tricky D: but like I said, you've got the colors down wonderfully.
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh-- forgot to mention, that I subtly kept a definition between the open water and the part behind the cliff. On the left portion of the water, it's duller colours and on the right, where the water is open, it's more sun-lit. ;)
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OrionsBelt2010 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Yea I noticed that. It looks good too, just the shadow needs to extend a bit further. With the sun that low and intense, there would be a lot of contrast on the shadows, including the whale's shadow. But yea I get what you're saying, it's supposed to be simple. I just figured I'd just throw all that in there 8)
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
And I really appreciate you taking the time to writ a crit! :)
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OrionsBelt2010 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
no problem 8)
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I hear you! Thanks! :) Truthfully, I was out to create a sort of surreal, simplified picture and not all technically shaded. But I know what you're saying about the shadow; I don't have school tomorrow so I will fix that up!

:) Those gulls did get quite tedious; thanks for noticing! ;)
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