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Right Angle Whale by thomastapir Right Angle Whale by thomastapir
So-called because her body is oriented perpendicular to the traditional vertebrate long axis. There's no major conceptual basis for this one; it was actually an image flash inspired by dried paint splotches on the palette I was using for acrylics last week. One of them struck me as the sort of patterning you might see on a right whale, but the impression I had was of a vertical, and laterally flattened, body arrangement similar to that of an ocean sunfish (Mola mola).

The markings as I originally interpreted them were more involved and more highly contrasted, so there may be another version of this in the future. In fact my original image more closely resembled another type of whale I can't quite harpoon right now, so I'll look through some marine mammal books tomorrow.

Alternate history, far future, transplanted panspermic hybrid...? It's your call!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful concept! :)
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Thanks very much, I'm happy you like it!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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senoritafish Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Very cool - I'm just discovering your futuristic animals...
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Oh, thanks very much...I hope you like what you find!
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-coldfusion- Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
these are all just amazing..
i shouldn't be surprised you get inspiration from patterns you see on stuff..
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Hah, I do often find inspiration in odd places! =p

Thanks very much! (Sorry for the delayed response btw!)
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Low-Lighter Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
yeeeeeeeees
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Well that's always better to hear than "NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" :lol:
Thanks!
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JTSJ Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student Writer
awesome whale
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