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Ocean Horse

Ocean Horse        
Melissa (In The Distance) (b. 1993)
Colored Pencils, 2009

CROE: i think that would sink like a stone

TARBOT: haha
“draw me a sea horse”
the artist went…
and this is what she came up with

CROE: lol
the surface of the water is really pretty

nice lighting effects

CROE: the horse’s eye is kinda freaky

TARBOT: a little bit
like a wraith
maybe if the tail was longer, stronger… the horse would stand a chance of swimming

CROE: yeah
it just looks very unbalanced
maybe he could wear flippers on his front legs

TARBOT: heehee
and how’s he breathing, exactly?

CROE: he doesn’t need to. he’s a wraith
or do wraiths need oxygen? i don’t know much about the anatomy of wraiths
was not covered in my biology classes

what’s with artists and their fascination of combining animals?

CROE: i dunno…maybe they run out of ideas and need themes
i guess it goes back to the greek myths


CROE: centaurs

TARBOT: minotaurs

CROE: they got very specific
Chimera, a three headed monster, with the foreparts of a lion, the hind-parts of a goat and goat’s-head rising from its back, and the tail of a headed-serpent
maybe it allows you to show your best side
i love drawing the paws of a lion, but man, that lion’s tail is hard

TARBOT: it sounds like recipes

CROE: i know, i’ll use a goat’s butt – those are great
but the tail, i need something else – i know, a serpent!

TARBOT: one blank canvas, two cups blue paint, three parts imagination and voila! you got yourself an ocean horse

CROE: this one looks like colored pencil actually

TARBOT: *two blue colored pencils

CROE: any info about the artist?

TARBOT: here

CROE: so maybe it was high school art class?
i like the wolf!
Favourite game: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time
that was a good game!
Favourite movie: Finding Nemo, How to Train your Dragon, Tangled
somehow, i always had the impression that deviantart would be more … deviant?

TARBOT: depends on how you define deviant
and what the norm is that you’re looking at when comparing

CROE: yeah
ok, so she studies pathology
and the artist mentions in the description that it’s a hippocampus
which is a section of the brain, named after a sea horse, because it is shaped like one
Latin: hippocampus (from Greek: ἵππος, “horse” and Greek: κάμπος, “sea monster”)
so i guess if she studies biology, she probably knows more about wraith’s respiration than i do

TARBOT: mmm, quite probably


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