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]