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Fourteen foot tall book covers... by the0phrastus Fourteen foot tall book covers... by the0phrastus
I have been painting like a demon the past few weeks and although Iím still doing some detail work, I think itís ready to be posted. First off, the format is a bit ridiculous...or maybe itís ridiculously cool? Itís certainly been a fun one to paint. The actual size in pixels is about 2200 wide by well over 51,000 long. (That works out to about 7.5 inches wide by over 170 inches tall)

Iím going to leave the purpose for doing this weird-sized illustration unclear, but if you want to you can think of it as a book cover thatís 7.5 inches wide and fourteen feet tall.

The concept is one continuous illustration going from seagulls skimming the surface of a stormy sea to (~51,000 pixels later) the floor of a fairly deep and dark part of the ocean. In terms of ocean depth itís about 6000 meters from surface to floor with some of the cool things youíll find along the way.

Itís a big damn illo. I cut it up and posted a bigger version here: [link]

Finally, I want to call attention to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (www.whoi.edu) which operates the DSV Alvin, and my favorite aquarium on the planet, Monterey Bay Aquarium (www.montereybayaquarium.org) which has captivated and inspired me for decades.

My books and graphic novel are here:
[link]
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:iconmensjedezeemeermin:
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Beautiful, intricate, well-thought-out, so many stories and hints of stories, such an imagination! So hard to praise this fitly, but I can at least give you a Favorite.
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Wow! Thank you so much!
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:iconcibana:
Cibana Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beyond of impressive, wow :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Thank you so much! I don't think I have spent more time on any other project--ever, and it is one of my own favorites!

Chris
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:iconcibana:
Cibana Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can be really proud. I love the colours of the waves, the deeper water and all these stories....just great ^^.
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drq993736b Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Impressive -- each screen is like a separate story. Now, if you would only write a 14 foot tall by 7.5 inches wide book. :-)
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Thanks! I have thought about having Seaborn or Saltwater Witch printed on one long scroll--sideways, so it can be read.

Chris
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drq993736b Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
That would be interesting.
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Wolfdragon124 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I have read the netire sereis and I love it! This picture really put the whole story together in unity! BTW where did you come up with all the names? They are so cool!
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Awesome! So glad you liked the books. I am most of the way through another Seaborn book, hoping to complete it in December. All the Seaborn names are ancient Greek, mostly from the islands around the Aegean Sea. I posted a Seaborn name generator on my site here: [link]

Cheers!

Chris
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Wolfdragon124 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Oh! I can't wait for it to come out!
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:iconliamtheleatherman:
LiamtheLeatherman Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
.......awe-inspiring.....
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Thanks so much!
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:iconsilveriatha:
silveriatha Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very unique and very expressive. Love it!
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Thank you!
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:icontralf:
tralf Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the unique format is only trumped by the fantastic use of colours and texture! well done
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconmadarlequim:
MadArlequim Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
What a great work!!
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconaerenwyn:
Aerenwyn Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is truly beautiful :)
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Thank you!
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:icontah73:
TAH73 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
congratulation - you made a wonderful piece of art :)
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconolivegbg:
olivegbg Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think my favorite is the shark-seaweed-bit, the light is absolutely gorgeous there!
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconrihouston:
RiHouston Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a truly fantastic piece that tells many tales and leaves so much to the imagination. I love the colors, the use of light, the movement and I could keep going on. Beautiful job with this piece!
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Thank you so much!
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:iconrihouston:
RiHouston Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so welcome! Thank you for sharing!
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:iconmarazul45:
Marazul45 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap::clap:
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconmarazul45:
Marazul45 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For nothing is a pleasure for me!:iconmynti:
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Lillypop420 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
I could gaze at this forever! I live in San Luis Obisp not far from Monterrey. I go to the aquarium every chance I get!!! Its an amazing place! Love your work!--Lilly
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Thanks Lilly! I lived in Morgan Hill for years and I was always over in Monterey--as often as I could. I love the aquarium too!
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Lillypop420 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Yayyy nature!!
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:iconfyrepyromaniac:
Fyrepyromaniac Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ridiculously cool, for sure! That's so amazing.
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconfyrepyromaniac:
Fyrepyromaniac Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome :D
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:iconzuneperry22:
Zuneperry22 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
so cool
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconirisuediting:
irisuediting Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this is incredible!!!
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Thanks!
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DarkLiminality Featured By Owner May 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is amazing, it feels like you are 'reading' some sort of mysterious pictographic story as you scroll down the image... I agree it deserves a DD
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Thank you! I'm working on an illustrated edition of the book Seaborn and I almost see this is what a reader should scroll through first before reading. Sort of mood or frame-of-mind setter.
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marv998 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this pic is fantastic i agree it does deserves a DD
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Thanks! I can hope!
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:iconmarv998:
marv998 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
true well fingers are crossed
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:iconmirandapavelle:
MirandaPavelle Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
this deserves a DD.
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:iconthe0phrastus:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Thanks!
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