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Every drop in the ocean counts by karby-licious Every drop in the ocean counts by karby-licious
Here is the pic that shows the original lines better: [link]

I've been working on this piece every day non-stop ever since I saw this competition on DA, which was on August 1st. :) That's why all my commissions have been on hold all this time. I will be working on them now. :)

Anyways, my idea for this piece was to show how beautiful and unpredictable life is under the sea. If you look at the details closely you'll see a lot of motives on this pic, from love and happiness to death and darkness. The piece itself is very contrasting, it goes from the lightest part which is full of life to the darkest one which is almost extinct. Hope you guys like it. :)

Time taken: Around 10 full 24h days (since I've been working on it for 20 days with small lunch/bathroom breaks hehehe)

Tools used: Paint tool Sai, Photoshop CS, Genius tablet (whose pen broke down 2 days before I got to finish this) and a computer mouse.

EDIT: :wow: OH. MY. GOODNESS! A D.D!!!! Wow! Thank you so much guys! This totally made my day! :boogie: I'm in heaven right now! Huge thanks to `ArtisnotanAccident for suggesting this piece and ^wdwparksgal for featuring it! You guys are amazing! :tighthug:
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Given 2011-10-23
Every drop in the ocean counts Skribble Contest Entry by ~karby-licious As `ArtisnotanAccident says (and I agree completely), "The detail and amount of effort put into this piece is amazing. Scrolling down, my eye never ceases to catch something new. A beautiful and enchanting underwater adventure." ( Suggested by ArtisnotanAccident and Featured by WDWParksGal )
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IDreamOfTheWind Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, I don't mind that clownfish being where it is.
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehehe Thanks! :D
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Batsong Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why have I never seen this before? o.o;
It is beyond amazing! <333
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG you're so silly... first I find out you never heard of Adele, and now this. xDDD You amaze me twinums! lol
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Batsong Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pffft, you love me and you know it! xP <3333
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pffftttt I do! Can't say I don't. XDD
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Batsong Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heeheee <3333
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BojanPapic Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cestitam na DD, ovaj rad je predstavljen u blogu: [link] grupe:
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Svaka cast! ;)
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hvala puuunoooo! :D
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Snowluff Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just saying but, this totally should of won.
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thank you so much Snow. :hug: Well, at least it could have gotten into top 25 finalists. But oh well. :/
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ArtistNina Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Whaat ?? you should have the 1rst place!!!!!!!!!!
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha Thank youu! :heart:
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ArtistNina Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
and thank you for the watch hmmm.... im not very good not even in storys writen....upravo sam poslala uvod za neku pricu i mislim da je cak i najgora ikada......
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome luffly. :heart:
hahaha Ne verujem da je bas toliko losa. XD
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ArtistNina Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
ovako izgleda kad zavrsim rad : ufff super mi je crtez ...5 minuta kasnije ovo je najgori crtez koj sam ikad nacrtala...eto vidis....
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha Nisam ni ja nista bolja. XD Uglavnom nikad nisam zadovoljna svojim radom. XD
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ArtistNina Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Niti ja osim sto cu uskoro da sumblitujem jednu sliku koja mi se malkice svidja to ce bit Chio the spirit cat one je iz moje price ali mi je prica baaas losa i je imam samo na srpskom....
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Obavezno mi posalji link kad je postavis. ;)
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BurningBridges44 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is a really beautiful picture, I especially like how it transfers from the top of the sea into the depths.
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you so much! I'm glad you like it. :heart:
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bruuno117 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Stupid strategically placed clown fish hrumpf
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahahaha Oh, that's nice, you're officialy the first hater of the fishie. ;P I guess she's becoming quite popular around here.
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maxknight Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
woooow......no words
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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GoodGirl-BadGirl Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
This is beautiful. :)
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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GoodGirl-BadGirl Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
You're welcome :)
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
You're welcome :nod: ~ when I first saw this my eyes just kept scrolling along with the mouse realizing how much work and detail you put into this entry! The colors are luscious, the merpeople are gorgeous and some fish strategically placed.... stunning :aww:
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's really sweet. I really appreciate that you took time to actually see all those details and everything. :heart:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
My thought is that it would make a beautiful print.... just a really long one! Truly amazing work :hug: I've looked at it several times and do not get sick of looking at it!
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thanks so much. :hug: You're so sweet. I had no idea DA staff was so friendly, lirl. :) I didn't actually think about it, but you're right, it could be a very cool print. I think I'll listen to your advice and make it available for prints. :D
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Thank you for the kind words. I'm a volunteer and was a senior member before then and will be again when I step down from being Projects CV. I just enjoy yabbing with the community! I do believe making your work a print would be great!
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's really sweet of you to do. ^_^
And thanks! :D I tried to make it a print, but the size of the prints of not long enough so the image gets cut off. I don't know is there any way I could fix that. :/
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
I'm not sure. I wondered about the length. Is it possible to divide up the deviation cleanly in half and post each one as a "part one" and "part two" and make them prints? Then They could either be connected in one frame or framed separately one below the other, which would look very cool.
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a great idea! I'll definitely give it a shot. :) Thanks so much for your help! :hug:
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SecndLogic Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Congratulations on the DA! This is a truly inspiring piece. It's great how you used actual fish mixed in with the merfolk. I can identify many of them (the fish, not the merfolk), which adds to the enjoyment. I especially like your use of light!
Personally, I wouldn't say that the deep sea is almost extinct. It might actually have more life in it than near the surface. Still, I understand and appreciate the symbolism.
I've heard it said that we know less about what's in the oceans than we do about outer space. Thus, to me, the ocean is the ultimate frontier and a wonderful mystery.
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much. I'm really glad you find it inspiring. That's so amazing. :)

Yes, it could be very true that there are more species down there. It's all very mysterious. That's why I like the deep sea a lot as well.
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SecndLogic Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Well, you made a good selection. Barreleye, angler, and...that's a hairy angler, right? I'm a little out of practice with identifying deep sea fish these days.

Meanwhile, hurray for inspiration!
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep that's a hairy angler. :D And thanks so much! :heart:
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Lifes-Lovely-Roses Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Lol I love how the clown fish just swims by and covers everything xD

'Just mindin my business~'

Really good piece though. And just cause I watched the movie the other day, I'm gonna say Titanic at the bottom :D
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! hahaha Yeah, I got a lot of comments regarding the epic clown fish. He/she is slowly becoming a legend I guess. XD lol


Actually Titanic is pretty much the only ship I ever saw in my life (and that was in the movie), so I guess that one was in my mind when I thought of a ship. ;P
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Lifes-Lovely-Roses Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Mwahahah! I guessed right! And yeah, that clownfish should be a photo bomber. He's be amazing at it xD
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahahaha Yeah, clown fish for the win! XD
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Lifes-Lovely-Roses Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
I want the clown fish D;
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moonbabe1989 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so much! I love all the detail (specially the sunken ship, it reminds me of the Titanic) and the mermaids of course :)
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I'm really glad you like it so much. That's really sweet. :heart:
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moonbabe1989 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!! :hug:
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imobsessed314 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anyone else noticing that little kid? Because damn
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karby-licious Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahahah Thanks for noticing the kid! Few actually posted comments regarding it. ;P
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