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Happy Momma by Chaotica-I Happy Momma by Chaotica-I
Digital Painting of Kelowna and her Calf

This painting was based on a couple of photos that I took of Kelowna and her baby the first time I saw the pair (when the calf was only a few hours old). I was struck by just how happy Kelowna looked. She often swam with her eyes closed, and what looked like a big smile on her face. The calf has since become VERY large, and very round :D

Probably took about 7 hours, although I finished it more than a month ago. It was something that I worked on while waiting to register for next year's courses. I'll never understand why registration opens at midnight, instead of a more reasonable time...
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:iconkalaharimeerkatfan:
KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Cute
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:iconchaotica-i:
Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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goddesstll Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
At first, I though mama had a tattoo...lol This is a really sweet picture. :aww: :hug:
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:iconchaotica-i:
Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Never seen a tattoo on a beluga :XD:
Thanks! :)
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:icongoddesstll:
goddesstll Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Me neither... that's why I was a little taken back at first! lol :D
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:iconcalaymo:
Calaymo Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Your amazing work has been feature on my journal --> [link]
i hope you doesn't mind
:blowkiss:
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:iconchaotica-i:
Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I don't mind at all! :hug:
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:iconcalaymo:
Calaymo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
welcome!
;)
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orcalover109 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Gorgeous !

The baby is perfect (again) and I love mom's closed eye :)

Beautifully drawn !
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:iconchaotica-i:
Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconla-faucheuse:
La-Faucheuse Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009   Traditional Artist
So lovely !! :love: :love: Reflections and details are great ! :wow:
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:iconchaotica-i:
Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you my great friend! :glomp:

Sorry for the really late reply :blush:
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:iconseptsky:
SeptSky Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
Belugas always look like such happy animals with their smiles...one reason I like them so much I suppose. Love how you embodied that here. Simply masterful Aelia! :worship:
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:iconchaotica-i:
Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D

So sorry for the late reply :blush:
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SkyebobPiepants Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
I've had this in my deviations list for a while now because I really love it and I wanted to say something really great about it, so I kept it there until I could think of something worthwhile to say.

But turns out I can't think of anything to say...Just that I love it. And every time you upload a drawing it inspires me. So upload more, woman! XD I need some more inspiration over here :lol:

Really great detail around the mouths in particular. Lovin the water webbing on the mother, and the little calf's eye is gorgeous.
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aww, thank you so much!!! :glomp:
I'm touched that my work inspires you, because your work has always and will always inspire me! Can't wait to see some more from you in your new style! :D

So sorry for the late reply :blush:
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AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing details.
i love the lines from the birth. and the face from momma :aww:
she is proud and would save her baby, forever.
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!!! :glomp:

So sorry for the late reply :blush:
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AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:glomp: ;)
no matter
:rose:
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The-Vampire-Danchan Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
This is gorgeous! :hug:
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:iconchaotica-i:
Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D

So sorry for the late reply :blush:
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:iconlillysart:
lillysart Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
she really does looking happy!!!!
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:iconchaotica-i:
Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you can see that in the painting, it is something I saw in most of my photos, and really wanted it to come across in this work :D
Thanks for the :+fav:! :glomp:
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:iconlillysart:
lillysart Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
I'm glad you made this picture!!!
it's very beautiful!!!
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bladebandit Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
I love how beluga babies are all wrinkly and jiggly. XD

Lovely smooth shading~ I really like the areas around their mouths the most! <3
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Me too, baby belugas are so adorable... those little wrinkles are the best! They grow up too quickly, like all other adorable little ones :P

Thank you! That's one of my favourite parts to paint, believe it or not :D
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chouquinet Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Really nice work :D
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:iconchaotica-i:
Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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orcafreak Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very sweet and cute. Awesome pic. :)
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:iconchaotica-i:
Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you for your kind words, and for the :+fav:! :hug:
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:iconorcafreak:
orcafreak Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. :cuddle:
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Menestria Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
They're so adorable !!! :heart:
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:iconchaotica-i:
Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
Thanks for the :+fav: too! :glomp:
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Menestria Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
You're welcome ! :D
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tiffanyanddave Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
I am not even worthy of commenting on this, it's just so fabulous. The detail and colour are stunning and the texture of the water movement on the surface and on the belugas is incredible. =)
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Aww, thank you! And given your wicked photography skills, you are totally worthy of commenting on it! lol ;P
Glad to hear you say that, water is such a difficult thing to get right.
Thanks so much for the :+fav: too! :hug:
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MichiruKaminari Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww wrinkly little baby. She's adorable. :aww:

Amazing work. I just love the details in everything. <3
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! That means a lot to me, I spent quite a long time on the little details :D
Thanks for :+fav:ing too! :glomp:
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MichiruKaminari Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome :hug:
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jenniferstuber Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
The shading on mama is delicious! Love it!

I was thinking about it the other day when I was looking at my photo of Kelowna's calf. She looks like those mini corn dogs, you know? She totally does! She's so stubby and round.
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Really? Thanks! That's nice to hear, because I thought the shading on the baby was way nicer personally :XD:

:lmao: Ok, I can see it lol... she is so stubby and round. Gonna be a HUGE whale when she grows up :aww:
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MichelVictor Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow, very nice!!!
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:iconchaotica-i:
Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!
And thank you for the :+fav: too! :glomp:
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