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Prehistoric Sky Whales by Simkaye Prehistoric Sky Whales by Simkaye
Or as they are called by the Caeli people: dragonfish.

Inspired by orcas, based loosely off of the Basilosaurus.
I'm not even going to finish detailing and polishing this up, I'm just so ready to stop working on it. I really dragged myself through the last half of it.

Prehistoric sky whales are one of those animals that just sort of always has it's fucking mouth open


11" x 8.5" acrylics on smooth bristol paper.

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:iconfredstesney:
Sky whales...fun idea. Whales need literally tons of food to survive and when you add flight to their energy requirements, well that's a lot of birds!

Anyhoo, you already know everything that's good about this painting - and once again, props for working with traditional materials - so let's get on to the other stuff.

You could do more with atmospheric perspective. When I saw the thumbnail, all three whales looked like they were in the foreground. The sky looks flat too. Some sort of color shift will probably help, along with changes in the size and texture of the clouds.

That's it. Keep 'em flying!
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this is probably the picture on deviantart, which i personally find to be most astounding and beautiful. so i doubt this to be a critique.
there were times not too much later than those prehistoric times, these wales seem to stem from, where humankind didn't know what the big blue above our head was made of and what creatures, dragons, angels, gods were living in it. this picture plays with the similarity between the azure above us and the wet one to our feet. it's no gods, no heavenly scenery in this picture, it's simply a mirror of the ocean below. It's a picture of a time, where the sky was the limit but human fantasy was infinite, just as the celestial sea.
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Samuel-Yew Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
Just beautiful Meow :3 
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Lelixiana Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely brilliant! Can I purchase a print of it? o.O :heart:
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belial1980 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Sweet!
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fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student General Artist
:wow: Wow! I just love this concept! :nod: And that you chose the most awesome whales to base it from-- Orcas and Basilosaurus. :D
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :D
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fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student General Artist
:D :w00t: Your very welcome!
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TheMightySaurus Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eyepopping omfg Eyepopping omfg 
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philippeL Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
superb concept
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Simply awesome....... Whatta creativity
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
And their scientific name is "Caelocetus"
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yoshiman444 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
I BELIVE I CAN FLYYYYY I BELIVE IM A WHALE THAT CAN TOUCH THE SKYYY
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LuciferYee0102 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
VERY AMAZING !
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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evinca Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! :la: Even thought it may be good that those really don't exist...
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yeah, probably not such a bad thing that they're fictional. Thank you! (:
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Wolf-fang4 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
keep doing what your doing cause this is good.
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! :heart:
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Wolf-fang4 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome :)
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Gatlori Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Something between dream and nightmare. Good idea and good work too.
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
That's an excellent way of putting it. Thank you! (:
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Gatlori Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Something between dream and nightmare.... Good idea and good work too!
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very good and interesting work!
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks!!
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Sennish Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
epic
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ConsulCaesar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Photographer
Nice work and nice textures but those are not staying up there. Also the second whale in the middle is a problem with this work, he looks too elongated.
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
"but those are not staying up there"?

He does look too long, I agree.
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LostHellAngel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love your Whale Art Pieces!!!! :D
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm so glad you do (:
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LostHellAngel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
No Problem!!!:D
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Setsuna-phoenix Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
OMGah!!! Wow!! And a massive whoop for Orca inspired Sky Whales. LOVE THEM!! Wow. This looks so realistic and I love how you've drawn the teeth. Gosh they do look fierce :noes:. Are they hunting? The colouring is so smooth and therefore makes the sky whales themselves look smooth except for the tops of their heads. Adding the rough bumps to their snouts makes them look even more fierce. I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of one of these even if they do look gorgeous :lmao:. Beautiful background and love how it looks somewhat stormy. It really does feel like they are on the prowl for some prey. This is beautiful and my personal fave piece of Sky Whale art you've done. Great job :heart:.
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
"The Hunt" was the alternative title, so I would definitely say they're hunting!
Thank you so much :heart: I'm so glad you like it! I most certainly wouldn't want to get in their way.
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Tsuki-pon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
They look so magnificent just being whales and swimming/flying in the sky. No seriously, the texture and detail you painted into them is just so beautiful.
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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samisaywhat Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I can't even explain to you how excited I was to see you working on it. This is a massive piece and I can only imagine the amount of work that went into it. The background itself looks gorgeous and timely. I love the closest Sky Whale. His facial textures are amazing. Especially the scaling right about his eye. It would probably be really hard to take one of those bad boys down... if they don't just go past and eat you on their way. If they were even hunted? Lol. I can definitely see the orca reference in the furthest sky whale. I love the crescent markings on his backside. I will have to agree with the critique down there (or up there once this is posted) that there doesn't seem to be any exact foreground and background. I think that the furthest sky whale would be dimmed more, or even have some clouds obscuring him? I tried finding a reference for what I was referring to, but I can't seem to find a proper one, sorry. All in all, I still love this one. Your sky whales are really inspiration!
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yeah I seriously need to practice depth perception, all it takes is a quick flip through my gallery to see how much I suck at it. Ack. I need a practice date with my acrylics.

Thank you so much! :heart: Dragonfish aren't really hunted, not because they're one of the largest sky whale breeds so much as because they usually move and hunt in family packs of 2-4. Very strong family bonds will lead them to often defend/protect an injured pack member. So it would be unwise for a sky whaling vessel to attack one. They're widely considered dangerous across Asera. Airships have to be kept clean for the main reason that if a dragonfish smells sky whale blood on their hull, they enter hunting mode and come investigate. They're the closest thing the sky has to sharks or wolves.
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samisaywhat Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
The first step is realizing one's weaknesses, so don't feel bad about it :D You have plenty of time to improve & I am certain that you will.

I can imagine that being very scary. Just thinking of a deck hand slipping up and causing the rest of the ship to go through such terror is so sad :(
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yeah. I would hate to be the guy to have to tell boss it was my fault this pack of dragonfish is targeting our invaluable ship
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samisaywhat Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Lmfao yes of course. That would probably be scarier than the dragonfish!
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gytalf2000 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Neat! When I was a kid, I used to dream about seeing sky whales cavorting in the clouds.
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
That's awesome!
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CloudClipper Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These guys are quite awesome, and your style blows me away :) I will admit though... they're kinda creepy... I wouldn't want to look out of a plane window and see those teeth next to me O.o
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
That's for sure! Thank you so much :D
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CloudClipper Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome :D Love this :)
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George-H-Art Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool and brilliant
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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JDArnold2 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Digital Artist
An amazing concept and a cool drawing.
I like it!
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic creature, very fascinating. You did an amazing job, very interesting piece to look at :)
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Simkaye Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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