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Keeping the Faith by verybluebird Keeping the Faith by verybluebird
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:star::rose: RIP L57 FAITH :rose::star:

A personal project, a tribute to Faith, or L-57, a Southern Resident Orca who did not return with the others this season.

It's bad news; for a loss of a whale is devastating. Especially if it's one of your favourites... And plus, with only around 87 whales, the SRC population is endangered, and Faith was a fullgrown male. He could have helped raise the popluation.

You can adopt any of the southern residents through the Whale Museum in Friday Harbour,Washington and thier amazing program. You recieve the whale's personal story, a photo, a poster, an adoption certificate, bumper sticker, factsheets about the whales and thier habitat, a stewardship patch, and a geneaology chart of the SRC Orcas. I've adopted Cappuccino K21 and will soon adopt Faith L57 (as a memorial), and you can too! Click here for the list of the adoptable whales!!

ABOUT THE DRAWING

What's the green stuff? It's kelp, a plant found in the waters of the Salish Sea. Faith (L57) was often seen in this activity, or "kelping" (the act of draping kelp over the dorsal fin, pectoral fin, flukes, or body in Orcas). So that's how I decided to include that. =)

Now, this took a LONG time. I really tried to make it look nice, but...I don't really like how it turned out. I hope you all do, though! My favourite part is the water below the surface and the water coming off his dorsal fin. =)


Time: Roughly 3- 3 1/2hours over two days
Program: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 (and a Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet)
References: Photos of Faith for accuracy on the saddle patch and tail nicks, but none for the drawing itself. Also got colors for the water and background from my own photos of the San Juan Islands.
Brushes: Light ray brushes by ~redheadstock , Bubbles by ~titoff77 . Thank you!


:star:-All print sales will go towards the Whale Musuem's wonderful efforts to conserve the orcas of the Salish Sea. Thank you! -:star:
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Snappehs Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful. That's all I can say. ^^
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:bow: Thank you so very much, and for the comment itself. It means alot! :)
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Snappehs Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
You're more than welcome. :aww:
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JNBPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009   Photographer
Faith was one of my favorites. I miss him...
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:iconverybluebird:
verybluebird Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:tears: me too...
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OrcaGeek Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
This is most beautiful! You are a wonderful artist and this is just awesome.
May I put a link on my blog to this artwork of Faith?
Let me know if it's okay.
thank you so much for sharing it with me.
Jeanne
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Horsesnhurricanes Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Bah, wish I had a way of buying prints :U

Really nice work! Lots of talent thar. :)
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:iconverybluebird:
verybluebird Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
muahaha!

:dummy: Thank yew Zac!!
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animalgirl79 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Aw, that's really great, Saph. I did like how you made the kelp around his dorsal fin. :)

I'm afraid I don't have much money at the moment, but when I'm older and single I'm gonna adopt a bunch of animals. :3
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
=D Thanks so much!
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Phantom303 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Just. wow. This has to be your best digital piece yet. I'm seeing a HUGE improvement here, your shading is great, your detail is great, and the lighting is wonderful! Beautiful work, and very touching story. This is a beautiful tribute to Faith's memory.
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:iconverybluebird:
verybluebird Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:huggle: Thanks so much, JoLee! It means a lot =)
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SteeleFox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
Oh my, WOW! This is pretty epic here! You've done an absolutely beautiful job with the coloring and light effects.
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:iconverybluebird:
verybluebird Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:glomp: Thanks SO much!!
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AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:tears:
:aww:
no why he died :(
he was such a cutie.
and always i recognice him.
RIP, big bull.
great tribute by the way.
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: Thank you so much.
Yes, it's just so sad....:(
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XxXM1dN19HtW0lfXxX Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG WOW! Great job! This looks like it could be from a professional paiting. I accualy thought it was a photograph at first glance lol. Keep it up theres alot of improvement in this piece.
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:iconverybluebird:
verybluebird Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:glomp: :D Thanks so much; it really means a lot!
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XxXM1dN19HtW0lfXxX Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your so welcome! It's fabulous!
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ProudParent Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
I think this is my new all-time favorite Kristina. You are really learning and improving your techniques. I am very impressed.

Dad
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:iconverybluebird:
verybluebird Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: Thank you!
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Xopa Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
I love this =)
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:iconverybluebird:
verybluebird Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
=D Thanks
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elysiumHF Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, looks a lot like an oil painting. Great job, Saph!
Oh, I'd love to adopt one, but I don't have the cash at the moment. =P
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
^^ Thank you!
haha, yeah.
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SaskedieJagerin Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG Saph D8 this is so amazing! <3 I'd love to adopt an orca but first I have to talk with my mother about it =/
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:iconverybluebird:
verybluebird Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:glomp: Thank you so much!! :D
haha,it's a great thing to do.
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SaskedieJagerin Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome^^

and I know^^ since I've seen free orcas for the first time in July, I was very fascinated by them 83 wonderfoul creatures^^
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
^_^ yes
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curlyhair Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This so beautiful and touching!Great piece! :heart:
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:iconverybluebird:
verybluebird Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: Thank you so much!
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curlyhair Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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