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Deep sea cephalopods poster

Bonjoer

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Hi everyone,

I started an ambitious project, just for fun. But i am kind of stuck i'n some ways and looking for some good advice.

I'm making a poster/chart with all of the cephalopods i could find that live below a depth of 200 meters in the ocean. My goal is to paint them as photo realistic as I can, as thought they where photographed in white light to light the scene. But i find it really hard to find much information, let alone visual material, of the animals.


Can anyone recommend me a good reliable source of information?


One of my questions for example would be;

We've always found carcasses of the Giant Squid (Architeuthis Dux) with an obvious red color. But in the first ever footage of the giant it appeared to have a metallic look of silver and golden hues.

How is this possible? And could it apply to other species which haven't been filmen in the wild as well?

I'd appreciaty any help, thanks
and i'll upload one of the finished squid drawings when i can
 

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Have a look as some of the videos that the Monterey Bay Aquarium is posting of the deep water animals they have been able to place in their special display tank for the new Tentacles exhibit. The link has all (I think) their postings since the exhibit opened but you may also find more on their YouTube channel (you can use any of the videos posted in the link to find their channel).

Additionally the Smithsonian released a bunch of videos in 2012/2013 that might be helpful. TONMO posted a link in this thread that might keep you busy for awhile :sagrin:

Love the one you posted. I hope you will post more!!!!!
 

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Great! I think you've come to the right place. Thanks @DWhatley for referencing that video thread... good resource! :thumbsup:

Agree, looking forward to seeing more of this! :meso::cool2:
 

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Hey thanks guys, awesome!
Great advice of the Montery Bay Aquarium exhibit, i've seen most of their videos, they're great and also exactly the kind of reference i need, but this exhibit sound very interesting as well! and thanks for the video thread. I'll get into it soon and try n post more squids :)
 

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What a great idea! Living cephalopods often have a different color than dead cephalopods which may explain the golden color of the giant squid (which I loved seeing, it was so beautiful).
 

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Thanks Nancy and Cuttlegirl!
Great to hear, these are encouraging words!
I'll post a new one by tomorrow, sounds like i've come to the right place indeed!
 

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Your first image looks great! Very nice Pholidoteuthis. I usually put a good picture of the cephs (alive) on the "Cephalopod species: by family" forums. If you are needing some inspiration, you could take a flick through there. Many of the families I focus on live below 200 meters! :) Hope some of my previous posts can help you!
 

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Nautilus, nautilus, nautiluses!!! Haha, good luck with the project and keep us posted!

Greg
 

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wow, just great. Posted this thread on our Facebook page.
 

Bonjoer

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thanks Tonmo! Good idea i'm going to share the thread on my facebook as well.

As for the technique is use; they are painted digitally on a Wacom Cintiq tablet.
I design them on paper, scan them and then color them digitally. Thought about making them with acrylic or oil paint (wich would be the most beautiful) but that would be too time consuming. Especially since i have 105 more Cephalopods to paint for the entire poster :p
 

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Very interesting technique! Your images almost look airbrushed - I really like the result. You have such a large number of Cephalopods to draw and paint, although your digital process should speed them along. How long does it take to complete each one?

It would be interesting to experiment with one painting in oil or acrylics and compare the result to the digital painting- after you've finished your big project, of course.

All the best in this ambitious undertaking!

Nancy
 

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Thanks Nancy!

Yea it would defenitly be nice to make some squids and octopusses using various techniques, great idea! :)

A digital painting takes around 4 hours to complete usually, although the Giant Squid took me more like 7 hours.
So i guess it varies per animal.
So still lots of hours to go. But i'll keep on it, cant wait to see them all together in one poster/chart! :)

Joery
 

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Hey Bonjoer!
More great pictures! I really like your galiteuthis! It's quite accurate. You may want to consider adding some light producing organs onto the bottom of the eye, as those are a very prominent feature of that particular squid. But you have definitely captured the essence of a cockatoo squid! Excellent work!



Can't wait to see more amazing images!
 

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Hey GPO87,

Great to hear the Galiteuthis is accurate and all!
And nice reference pic by the way, thanks for the info on the light producing organs! Do you know if they have the light producing organs in other parts of their bodies as well? In your picture it looks like it has some inside it's body too.

This is a Colossal Squid (Mesonychoteuthis Hamiltoni) i've been working on. Pretty hard to get it accurate, there's a lot of contradicting info on them. Curious what you think! Colossal_Squid_(Mesonychoteuthis_hamiltoni)_by_Joery_Verweij.jpg
 

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