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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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MIMIcat9000 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
When i was in 5th grade we had to read that book. I thought it was going to be boring and dumb. I surprisingly fell in love with the story and especially the charactersMeow :3 
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's a wonderful book! I re-read it recently and it was just as good as when I read it as a child.
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Epic.
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic!!
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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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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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LAotaku Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Waaahh, this is so pretty!
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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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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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