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Arrival and Narrow Spaces by Jullelin Arrival and Narrow Spaces by Jullelin

He cried. Oh how Kelsey cried when he was lifted up from the
container had been trapped in for many hours. He felt the water l
leave his body as cool air took over, threatening to dry his skin
from the moisturizing water as is dripped down his enormous
body. He flipped his fluke several times until it laid flat behind
him. He cried out.

Two men was observing the transportation of the animal on a
distance and suddenly one of them cried out;
“He is too big!”
“Oh, I don’t see any problem with that”, said the other man,
trying to make a deal with the buyer.
“I tell you, he is too big. You never said he was this big. You said
you had a young male on your hands. This animal is an young
adult! He pointed angrily at the orca which was slowly lowered
down to the surface of the tank.
“How does that matter?” said the seller still stubborn to sell his
animal. “I can’t have him on my hands anymore. And you
ordered a orca male” he pointed at the orca “There, you got one!
You never said anything about size wise! Only that you wanted a
The buyer was angry and both men shouted at each other while
Kelsey’s flippers touched the water beneath him, slowly sliding
down until his entire body was under water. With a snap the
wires went off from the hooks and Kelsey tried to wriggle his
way out of his prison. After a couple of seconds of struggle he
swam away slowly as he ran straight into a wall, slamming his
nose against the hard unknown surface. Above his head the
voices roared at each other even angrier.

Kelsey swam into one wall and another. He breathed slowly
despite his stress as the sun raised higher on the sky. Kelsey
had no chance of moving in his prison. His fluke touched the
bottom when he relaxed and he couldn’t swim far before he had
to turn to avoid to collide with another wall. He was alone in the
tank but had noticed sounds of other orcas somewhere nearby.
They called to each other and to him and he responded. He
vacated himself by a iron barred gate and looked into another
tank where four orca females swam. One of them came up to
him and gave him clicking sounds as a friendly gesture before
swimming away again.

A month past and Kelsey remained in his solitude tank. He
circled his tank slowly with only his blowhole above the water
and for each stroke he took with his fluke he slammed it down to
the bottom due to the shallow depth.


Poor Kelsey :(
Ending up in a tank way to small to his nearly 9 meters. He is one big bull and weighs his fair share and also eats his share. He can't be cheep to keep going.

I like the colors in this pic, and I am happy about the pose I managed to do. To make a Orca like this isn't too easy. It's a very unnatural pose for them to be in.


:star: Tools & Info :star:
:bulletblue: Refferences: No ref's.
:bulletblue: Estimated time: About 2 hours
:bulletblue: Tools: Wacom bamboo tablet & Photoshop CS5
:bulletblue: Layers: About 6 layers
Background: [link]

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Jayfeather448 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
frees orca
0rcinusorca Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
very nice
Flying-Spirit Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww poor Kelsey :(
ImagenDreamer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I almost started crying.. I love seaworld and especially orlando, but after seeing a documentary on youtube about how these whales are captured from the ocean and transported to the tanks was horrible ..
totalrandomusername Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why didn't this FREAKIN AWESOME ART AND STORY appear in my inbox?
horsesarethebest123 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(but a fab painting)
Hunko11 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love the pick pore whale
walktrotcanter7 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful as far as the colors go. And the anatomy of the Orca is fabulous. The story made me get all teary. I feel so sorry for these beautiful animals. You do such a wonderful job describing his motions.
EquineRibbon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful details with this, great job ^^ It's sad about Kelsey, though. I really hope others can rescue him and set him free again soon D:
AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
poor bull, i really like your orcastory :)
not so many here in dA ;) and i will follow what happend next
by the way i totally love, how you draw the floating water, drops from his flippers and flukes.
EternalStarTrail Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Poor boy DX I cant imagine how he feels in such a small tank....
You did a fabulous job on the pose, i really like the curve of the tail fluke
nuraydia Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
i love the pic, but it breathes such sadness....
also the story is very sad.
poor kelsey.... :(
HorseGeek1997 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awww poor Kacey! ;-; I hope he doesn't stay in there to long, this looks amazing! :la:
crystal-blueberry Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the colours too, the dripping water is very well done!
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