Oh! Oh! OH!!!!!! SHARKSSSSSSSSSS! Seriously, lovely job with the lighting, love the sharks' eyes, but that tiny litle fish would be running for the hills! It's honestly the only thing you can use to tell when the big predators are about, watching the fish. I have some sharks shots in my gallery, if you like sharks. I love this piece!!
This is always one of the thoughts going off in the back of my mind, the paranoid fear of being stalked by a hammerhead or a barricuda or something.
The hammerhead one is based on nothing, but I have a good reason for being scared of barricuda
One time, we were just visiting Florida during the summer, maybe 2002. We had rented out a scuba diving boat as well as a guide for the day, and were headed out to a reef. When we got there, we dove down for a while. The water was clear as day, and the fish were numerous.
But sometime around mid-afternoon, we saw a long,, striped, glinting fish heading towards us. It was a great barricuda. It swam up to us, it couldn't have been more than 2 feet away. Mom and I were paralized, and for good reason. This particular kind of fish can tear your arm apart if you make it mad. Mom, the fish, and I had a staredown for a good 30 seconds. Then, as if it were actually listening to my thoughts, it swam off. Just like that, it turned and went back out and faded away in the blue.
It's a very humbling experience, to be nose-to-snout with a fish, only a third your size, that could tear you apart in an instant. I still say I coulda kicked that fish's ass, though.
Artist's Oils, usually the brushes with "blender" in their names- I toyed around with the settings until I found a range I could work comfortably with by shifting arounnd the size/blendiness/opacity/what have you.
I love the textures in the background (the water streaming is especially pretty!) Gorgeous bold tropical blues, and I love the way the coral fades out-and it has a gorgeous texture! I love the overall composition and feel. The shark is so great!
Oh man, this would freak out my sister! I actually don't think a Selachophobic would scuba-dive anywhere near where sharks roam, much less scuba-dive at all. I know my sister wouldn't.
I really like the lighting of this piece and the overall composition. The shark really looms right there in the corner, eyeing the guy who has no idea what's going on. The coral is really well-colored. I like how bright and fun it looks compared to the shark opposite it. I also think it would be cool if the shark were on the same plane as the guy, like... hovering right behind him, instead of how it looks now with the shark in the foreground. But that's just me. I love the way you've done the shark's eyes and how you've made them look slightly "lifeless" like real sharks eyes are. 'Makes him look hungry. :9