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The whale that faileth by diamondie The whale that faileth by diamondie
A somewhat unusual twist on the legendary Twitter failwhale, made for the Romantic graphics competition at Altparty 2008 and placed #2 (note that Romantic != romantic). I wish I had won, because the first price included some silkscreen prints donated by Front 242.

I only had about three days to work on this and considering that I'm pretty happy with the result as usually I need about three months to finish a digital painting. I used a great tutorial by `jezebel for the wave (though obviously it didn't end up looking half as nice). I was supposed to draw at least six birds (the original has eight), but ran out of time.
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LaniLupani Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Very nice.^^
anemptyhouse Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
you know it would be so cool if you drew a dead whale upside down with crosses on its eyes okay so sadist but it would be funny :P
nemoorange Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
haha!! awesome! I love finding images like this - I always think "I should have thought of that!"
diamondie Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Writer
Oh, nice to get a comment from you! Glad you liked it.

There are entire websites dedicated to Failwhale "fan art", so I'm not the only one who has come up with similar ideas (though I got mine before seeing any of such sites - great minds think alike).
Gymnart Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Shurakai-Zero Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
Great bit of pop art. From the thumbnail it looks like it was done in oils.
aneesah Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am especially admiring the clouds... They're beautiful and suttle -- I've never managed to draw non-cartoony-looking clouds digitally... ^^;

Am unfortunately unfamiliar with failwhale since I'm not a Twitter user. =X But, congratulations! :D
diamondie Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Writer
I have to admit the clouds are mostly brushes. Sorry. :-> I would have preferred to attempt painting them myself, but as I was pressed for time and happened to have some decent cloud brushes around, I decided to use them. It's true that clouds are more difficult to draw than they may seem, especially if you want Romantic clouds, which tended to be "pompous" like these.
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