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Island of the Blue Dolphins - the Sea Creature by kelleybean86 Island of the Blue Dolphins - the Sea Creature by kelleybean86
Another of my illustrations for the book The Island of the Blue Dolphins. In this scene, Karana discovers a giant octopus and decides that, from that moment on, they are mortal enemies.

You can read about the process for this illustration at my blog: kmcmorris.blogspot.com/2013/05…

Prints available at my INPRNT store: www.inprnt.com/gallery/kmcmorr…

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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is a great illustration. :D And gosh, I forgot about this book! I had a love-hate sort of attitude to it as a kid - my childhood friend owned it and I used to skim through illustrations from time to time, and I liked the canines but it was too realistic and gory for my tastes back then (preschool times). My friend and I both had birthdays in the summer (from what I can remember) and since our families were quite poor our grandparents decided we should give each other books we already owned - so my friend got one of my books I liked and I got Island of the Blue Dolphins, which I already knew I didn't like much. It seems so petty now but I couldn't look at that book for a few years. :XD:

I need to see if it's still in my grandpa's flat, it had decent illustrations, though not as good as yours.
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gckatz Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Professional Writer
Oh man, my childhood.
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MermaidsandWaves1993 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i have a question. in the movie, doesnt she shoot an arrow through rontu?
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flaming-trout Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn, this is one fine painting. Absolutely love it.
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmaxvision92:
maxvision92 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit, she fought a Kraken? Why don't I remember that part?
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this!
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Cecelashai Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
I love that book😄😄😍
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i loved that part of the book, but i always imagined the Devilfish as an enormous humboldt squid, probably because they're also called devilfish. they're ferocious and they live in the area that story takes place.
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Rainasusu Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Would be scared to death if I looked down the water and saw it Sweating a little... , but awesome and beautiful picture nonetheless!
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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copperfull Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Marvelous.
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job1585 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
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Planador-Palace Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh this is wonderful!

I should re read this book ^.^
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ncfwhitetigress Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student General Artist
I loved that book so much when I was a kid... I should read it again. ;-;
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Soul-Daemon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you really bring the story to life
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CrystalBreeze77 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Looks like this would be a very good short story to read.
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, it's based on a novel called "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott Fitzgerald. It's a great book.
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CrystalBreeze77 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
I will have to keep that in mind for when I want a summer read. Thank you! :)
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RinRenee Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this one's bringing back some memories! This is gorgeous, wonderful layout and colors.
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dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
That was one of my favorite books as a kid, and you even added the wolf! Great work!
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Fauauflauf Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
i was shocked as i recognized the picture instantly as island of the blue dolphins though its been years since i read the book an never gave it much thought. great work! :) (Smile)
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So glad to hear that! :)
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maironmatos Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Wow amazing!
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DisneyMania99 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
amazing!
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mistersingh Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Very beautifully made, love it:heart:
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
I LOVE THESE. 
This was possibly my favorite book growing up. 
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carouselclover Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Great illustration.
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AliceVII Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awesome awesome awesome :squee:
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carlosbaggins123 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice! Awesome! Beautiful! Your work of : dolphins : is quite simply amazing. I hope you check out my work as well so we can continue to inspire eachother.
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saltytowel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Simply Beautiful ! :)
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlaotaku:
LAotaku Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Waaahh, this is so pretty!
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:iconimires:
Imires Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I loved this book :)
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MacElf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, cool! I love 'Island of the Blue Dolphins'!! I still have my copy that I bought in junior high. XD I think I even know where it is.

This is amazing! Every single detail breathes life into your work. Truly beautiful.
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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MacElf Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*grin*
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EddySara Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow! :D
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spherco Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Instant fave...love the composition!
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:iconwritingrin:
WritingRin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very cool! Getting to see the process helped me appreciate it more too! I can't remember this scene from the book although I remember a lot of the rest of it. I have a weird relationship with that book these days since as a child I super loved it but as an adult I found it really disturbing and lonely.
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is very beautiful! I like how the octopus recedes, and the angle feels rather realistic!
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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CofOTraveler Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
The devilfish! Man...I read this book first when I was around eight. Had no idea what she was talking about when she said devilfish. I think I had some idea of a flounder crossed with a squid plus a beak. :) This illustration though, captures the same sunlight-sparking-off-the-water, salt-encrusted, creature-lurking-in-the-deep feeling of the text that I first experienced, even when I didn't understand what I was reading. That says something about your skill as an artist at evoking an emotion and not simply an image. Spot on!!
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WritingRin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I didn't remember the octopus but devilfish sparks my memory of that scene!
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student General Artist
I love TIOTBD.....
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the devilfish!
And OMG, this is SUCH an awesome picture!
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Terramoo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing job! I love the colors and the Octopus! You did an excellent job on the little part of the tentacle coming out of the water. The girl's hair is amazing and I love the dog! You did a good job on the shading but shouldn't there be shading underneath the paddle? At least when it is over the outside of the boat. The octopus's eyes look like their different sizes but I could be wrong. Great job!
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