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Dr. Hawkin's Last Dive by jbcasacop Dr. Hawkin's Last Dive by jbcasacop
About a decade ago, a marine biologist named Dr. Thomas Hawkin discovered a new species of eels while exploring the depths of the Pacific ocean. He initially believed that there were actually several different species until he observed how the said creatures could change their coloration similar to cephalopods. Aptly named the Hawkin's Cutlass, the newly discovered eel has many filaments extending from its dorsal fin. They are actually laced with tiny razor-sharp projections. Combined with the cutlass' agility, these filaments make handling or capture extremely difficult. Its teeth were the longest compared to any other species of eels. Of the specimens he examined, none grew longer than 4 meters.

Two months prior to this writing, there have been reports of sightings of unusually larger specimens. Dr. Hawkin decided to pursue this even though he was very skeptical at first. In what would be his final exploration, the marine biologist was able to confirm the existence of giant cutlasses. What he thought were unusual-looking seaweeds was actually the dorsal fin of a cutlass large enough to swallow him whole. It was his flashlight that saved his life. With it, he was able to distract the creature and move away just in time. Tremendously traumatized by the experience, Dr. Hawkins told the press during one interview that he would never go scuba diving ever again.

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This is my entry for an ImagineFX weekly art challenge entitled "Something fishy this way comes"

Edit: May 6, 2011 - This entry won! To all who gave their support, thank you very much! :)

Technicals:

Adobe Photoshop CS5
Roughly 7 hours of work
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:iconrachaelswiregarden:
RachaelsWireGarden Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014   Artisan Crafter
The story behind this is awesome! And so realistic... I actually tried finding it in google to see if it was real LOL, but had no luck xD Hey... you never know what could be real when it comes to the ocean lol. Excellent writing and story telling skills, as well as a great painting ^.^
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drac2000 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
love the work and love the story u worte for it
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like the story. :D
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drac2000 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
ur welcome
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:iconauroraart:
AuroraArt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconauroraart:
AuroraArt Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! ^_^
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:icondeinonychusempire:
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this an actual cryptid or was the concept conceived entirely by you for the art challenge?
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, this isn't an actual cryptid. The name Hawkin's Cutlass was created by the moderator who gave the topic for the art challenge while I made up the back story included in this painting's description. :)
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wondered, because I remember seeing a few "Hawkin's cutlass" on deviantART before. They must have all been for the competition.
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PacificCastaway Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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tp32 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Whoa, this is super!! Amazing job!!
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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tp32 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Your welcome
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Dragongirl269 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!
i love eels cx
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Eels scare me a great deal but I enjoyed painting this one! :)
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:icondragongirl269:
Dragongirl269 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem!
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WicasaWakan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
I asked them to give you a DD for this but did not hear back. Sorry but I tried. :nod:
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's alright! :) I'm glad you appreciate this painting! Thank you very much! :)
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:iconmatsutaka:
matsutaka Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
brilliant! very detailed and very unique, i can feel the depth of the water alredy, i can even hear sounds of the bubbles!
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconjillmac247:
jillmac247 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
This is really powerful.
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it! Thanks! :)
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LittleSarah88 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
This is astounding
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it! Thank you! :)
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XtreamCrazy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the monochromatic colour scheme with the hint of colours just at the bottom. The amount of detail and depth is so striking - it's truly an amazing piece! You deserved to win!!
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jbcasacop Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I am so sorry for the late reply. I have been deeply immersed into several commissions! I'm glad you like this painting! Thank you very much! :)
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Shadow-Mesiona Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
awesome! I love the story that goes with it too. good work
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm not very confident with my writing skills but I'm truly glad you like what I put together here! :)
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Mino-Yomi Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Fascinating work to compliment a fascinating discovery :) Congrats on your entry winning the art challenge!
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Mino-Yomi Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh you're very welcome!
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Blasterkid Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
nice!
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
You are probably going to think I am really stupid for this but I actually typed Giant Cutlass into google and all I got was fish and no eel :(. Is your story fiction or is it actually true?

Great work btw I love the theme as well :).
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jbcasacop Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Don't worry, you're not the first one to Google the cutlass and I don't think it's wrong that you did. :)

The story is pure fiction. It's one of the very few that I've written. I don't do it a lot because I rely heavily upon luck when attempting to write a coherent story. I used a lot of references for this one including some National Geographic articles for the narrative style that I employed while writing the description. I'm glad you like this work of mine! Thank you so much! :)
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
It is an amazing story. Have you written a biography for the doctor?

Combining art and writing is awesome, I love doing it :). It is great keep up the good work my friend ;).
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jbcasacop Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Writing is quite mentally-taxing for me. It's probably my lack of formal education in that particular field that makes it difficult. That's why when anyone appreciates the stories that I've managed to write, it brings me joy. You have my gratitude! :)
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
I can relate to that, my English skills are appalling but I can think up good things to write about, is that the same for you?

That's ok you are very talented. Of course a real bonus to doing this is that you could be able to read someone else's work and put illustrations to it kinda like a book illustrator would.
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jbcasacop Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's pretty much the same for me. English isn't my mother tongue! :p
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:iconbleedinggumspteter:
bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Oh ok. English is my first language though on paper you'd think that wasn't the case :lol:.
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:iconzarzo:
zarzo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
great light & color!
:aww:
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconpheotive:
Pheotive Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011   Digital Artist
Great piece of art!
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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shipsailsouttosea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
This is my favorite <3 <3 <3
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jbcasacop Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it! Thanks! :)
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love the style! I'd like to invite you to make something similar for this project if you're interested: [link]
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:iconjbcasacop:
jbcasacop Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Although I can't really promise anything now. I have quite a hectic schedule! I'll make sure to let you know when things wrap up! :)
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