late AO-4 and currently-alive Angel
SAI’s selection tool went crappy on me, maybe ‘cause I made about 25 or more linework layers for this before merging ‘em, and now whether I make the lines with linework layers or normal layers, it keeps ending up looking like you used MS paint’s bucket fill tool thing, and it’s very time-consuming and annoying to carefully try to make it look better… Well, I suppose I didn’t have to make the background black, but I felt like it, in an attempt to make a dark mood. Also, their markings probably aren’t exactly how they should look, but hopefully close enough… AO-4 (I think that’s what she was called), the dolphin with an extra pair of fins (obviously, an extremely rare mutation, causing much news all over about “a dolphin with legs” even though this dolphin didn’t actually have legs, just these small pectoral-fin-like things where the legs of dolphin ancestors would have been), was captured by fishermen in 2006 while many of her family and friends were probably butchered. Back then she was about 5 years old (probably still a juvenile, she could only have just reached sexual maturity or might not even have reached it yet or for years!),  and she was held captive in the Taiji whale museum until she died in 2013, 6 1/2 years later. 11 1/2 is obviously a hell of a lot younger than a bottlenose dolphin should be able to live. Even if she was a freak of nature and might not have lived long in the wild either,… well, what an awful life this poor thing did end up being forced to live… she most likely would have been happier in the wild than in a place like that, and she might have even gotten to live longer… And now, in January this year, poor little albino calf Angel has been captured… I’m sure most, if not all, cetacean lovers on this site must already know about it, so I won’t ramble any more… but a few more words… I think these two dolphins are much like each other, as well as, of course, much like all other dolphins, really, inside (metaphorically at least), beneath their unusual appearances… no dolphins deserve this… well, no animals deserve this, really… that’s my two cents, anyway… 

late AO-4 and currently-alive Angel

SAI’s selection tool went crappy on me, maybe ‘cause I made about 25 or more linework layers for this before merging ‘em, and now whether I make the lines with linework layers or normal layers, it keeps ending up looking like you used MS paint’s bucket fill tool thing, and it’s very time-consuming and annoying to carefully try to make it look better… Well, I suppose I didn’t have to make the background black, but I felt like it, in an attempt to make a dark mood. Also, their markings probably aren’t exactly how they should look, but hopefully close enough… 

AO-4 (I think that’s what she was called), the dolphin with an extra pair of fins (obviously, an extremely rare mutation, causing much news all over about “a dolphin with legs” even though this dolphin didn’t actually have legs, just these small pectoral-fin-like things where the legs of dolphin ancestors would have been), was captured by fishermen in 2006 while many of her family and friends were probably butchered. Back then she was about 5 years old (probably still a juvenile, she could only have just reached sexual maturity or might not even have reached it yet or for years!),  and she was held captive in the Taiji whale museum until she died in 2013, 6 1/2 years later. 11 1/2 is obviously a hell of a lot younger than a bottlenose dolphin should be able to live. Even if she was a freak of nature and might not have lived long in the wild either,… well, what an awful life this poor thing did end up being forced to live… she most likely would have been happier in the wild than in a place like that, and she might have even gotten to live longer… 

And now, in January this year, poor little albino calf Angel has been captured… I’m sure most, if not all, cetacean lovers on this site must already know about it, so I won’t ramble any more… but a few more words… I think these two dolphins are much like each other, as well as, of course, much like all other dolphins, really, inside (metaphorically at least), beneath their unusual appearances… no dolphins deserve this… well, no animals deserve this, really… that’s my two cents, anyway… 

full-grown dwarf sperm whale and bottlenose dolphin
I felt like drawing this unusual miniature Moby Dick species, and I added a bottlenose dolphin, mainly for size comparison, as well as for a bit more practice drawing subtly complex bottlenose markings. Plus I just have fun drawing dolphins. Though the little whale was fun to draw too. \o/

full-grown dwarf sperm whale and bottlenose dolphin

I felt like drawing this unusual miniature Moby Dick species, and I added a bottlenose dolphin, mainly for size comparison, as well as for a bit more practice drawing subtly complex bottlenose markings. Plus I just have fun drawing dolphins. Though the little whale was fun to draw too. \o/

From top to bottom: spinner dolphin, clymene dolphin, striped dolphin. In the Atlantic ocean, for some reason spinner dolphins and striped dolphins have hybridized enough to produce an entire new species, the clymene dolphin. This is the first marine mammal species known to come from hybridization. News about this appeared on many science sites in January this year… yet for some reason clymene dolphins are unpopular on this site, in relative terms both striped and spinner dolphins get quite a lot more love… I think all three of ‘em are awesome, though striped dolphins are my personal favourites of the three to draw… \o/The lines of this pic are at least a little sloppy, I got kind of lazy… but I still kind of like this pic… 

From top to bottom: spinner dolphin, clymene dolphin, striped dolphin. 

In the Atlantic ocean, for some reason spinner dolphins and striped dolphins have hybridized enough to produce an entire new species, the clymene dolphin. This is the first marine mammal species known to come from hybridization. News about this appeared on many science sites in January this year… yet for some reason clymene dolphins are unpopular on this site, in relative terms both striped and spinner dolphins get quite a lot more love… I think all three of ‘em are awesome, though striped dolphins are my personal favourites of the three to draw… \o/

The lines of this pic are at least a little sloppy, I got kind of lazy… but I still kind of like this pic… 

I drew this ‘cause the last time (and also the first time I’m quite sure), the other day, I drew him with a bottlenose dolphin with her beak stuck in his back since in real life dolphins wear sponges on their snouts for protection, like a glove, while digging up fish hiding in the sand. 

But I felt kind of mean for drawing him scared, so I also drew this, ‘cause I find these two really adorable together. Most people seem to prefer to ship SpongeBob and Sandy. And of course there’s nothing wrong with that, that’s pretty cute too. But I like the idea of these two together like this just as much, maybe even more, ‘cause they’re just so attached to each other and affectionate with each other and seem to have more in common than they don’t and so on. I suspect that at least part of the reason pairing these two as more than just friends seems unpopular is probably ‘cause of homophobia. Incidentally, although since the creators of the show say SpongeBob and other characters in the show are somewhat asexual, why do people always seem to argue about whether SpongeBob’s also somewhat straight or gay but no one ever seems to have suggested he might be somewhat pans (and maybe Pat too)? It seems quite possible to me…  But anyhow, now I’ll have to bury this and my other SpongeBob pic in nature photography soon… 

SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star c) Stephen Hillenburg/Nickelodeon
This drawing c) me

I drew this ‘cause the last time (and also the first time I’m quite sure), the other day, I drew him with a bottlenose dolphin with her beak stuck in his back since in real life dolphins wear sponges on their snouts for protection, like a glove, while digging up fish hiding in the sand. 

But I felt kind of mean for drawing him scared, so I also drew this, ‘cause I find these two really adorable together. Most people seem to prefer to ship SpongeBob and Sandy. And of course there’s nothing wrong with that, that’s pretty cute too. But I like the idea of these two together like this just as much, maybe even more, ‘cause they’re just so attached to each other and affectionate with each other and seem to have more in common than they don’t and so on. I suspect that at least part of the reason pairing these two as more than just friends seems unpopular is probably ‘cause of homophobia. Incidentally, although since the creators of the show say SpongeBob and other characters in the show are somewhat asexual, why do people always seem to argue about whether SpongeBob’s also somewhat straight or gay but no one ever seems to have suggested he might be somewhat pans (and maybe Pat too)? It seems quite possible to me…  But anyhow, now I’ll have to bury this and my other SpongeBob pic in nature photography soon… 

SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star c) Stephen Hillenburg/Nickelodeon

This drawing c) me

In Shark Bay, Australia there are some bottlenose dolphins, almost all females, who use sea sponges as tools; she will stick her snout in it, wearing it like a glove to protect herself as she forages for food. It’s a dolphin subculture, moms teaching the technique to their calves. I find it fascinating. Here’s a good article about it: http://news.sciencemag.org/environment/2011/07/why-dolphins-wear-spongesAnd for a long time, I’ve really wanted to draw this, but couldn’t build up the willpower to until this week. This dolphin has her beak stuck in one of the holes in SpongeBob’s back. Of course, most other sea sponges couldn’t put up nearly as much struggle… and if Bikini Bottom is based on the real Bikini Atoll, well that’s pretty far away… plus, this dolphin about the size of or maybe even bigger than Pearl the sperm whale and that killer whale and that baleen whale in that cartoon (though they’re all also about the same size of Larry the lobster, which is kind of odd but OH WELL, LOTS OF SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF IS NEEDED WHEN WATCHING THAT SHOW)… apparently there was a dolphin in that show in a newer episode (I haven’t seen most of those, including that one), but it was quite a bit smaller than this dolphin here. If what I’ve drawn here was an actual episode or something, I’d imagine it would be like an underwater version of Godzilla attacking, since a bottlenose dolphin could eat most of Bikini Bottom’s inhabitants. Maybe that’s why there was never any episodes like that as far as I know. XDBut yeah… I like watching Spongebob, though mostly just the older episodes… as much as I love watching movies like Watership Down, The Plague Dogs and Grave of the Fireflies, sometimes I find I need to intersperse it with some comedy, and of that SpongeBob’s one of my personal favourites. Incidentally, SpongeBob’s kind of tricky to draw, probably because I’m pretty sure this is actually the first time I’ve drawn him, though I think I did pretty well. I feel kind of bad about drawing him in a scary situation like this, so now I’m working on a pic of him with Patrick. Pat’s kind of tricky to draw too, probably for the same reason, ‘cause I’ve never drawn him before either. After that I probably won’t draw any more SpongeBob fanart for a long time, ‘cause I’m very shy about it, though I might again eventually… but I’ll draw fanart of other things sometime in the not-so-distant future, including Watership Down, the Plague Dogs, and maybe even Grave of the Fireflies (though I don’t have much faith in my ability to draw humans). Also incidentally, this dolphin is just a random NPC, though I tried to do some practice drawing more realistic bottlenose markings. I think I’ll need more practice. But oh well. :/SpongeBob c) Nickelodeon/Stephen HillenburgArt c) me

In Shark Bay, Australia there are some bottlenose dolphins, almost all females, who use sea sponges as tools; she will stick her snout in it, wearing it like a glove to protect herself as she forages for food. It’s a dolphin subculture, moms teaching the technique to their calves. I find it fascinating. Here’s a good article about it: http://news.sciencemag.org/environment/2011/07/why-dolphins-wear-sponges


And for a long time, I’ve really wanted to draw this, but couldn’t build up the willpower to until this week. This dolphin has her beak stuck in one of the holes in SpongeBob’s back. Of course, most other sea sponges couldn’t put up nearly as much struggle… and if Bikini Bottom is based on the real Bikini Atoll, well that’s pretty far away… plus, this dolphin about the size of or maybe even bigger than Pearl the sperm whale and that killer whale and that baleen whale in that cartoon (though they’re all also about the same size of Larry the lobster, which is kind of odd but OH WELL, LOTS OF SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF IS NEEDED WHEN WATCHING THAT SHOW)… apparently there was a dolphin in that show in a newer episode (I haven’t seen most of those, including that one), but it was quite a bit smaller than this dolphin here. If what I’ve drawn here was an actual episode or something, I’d imagine it would be like an underwater version of Godzilla attacking, since a bottlenose dolphin could eat most of Bikini Bottom’s inhabitants. Maybe that’s why there was never any episodes like that as far as I know. XD

But yeah… I like watching Spongebob, though mostly just the older episodes… as much as I love watching movies like Watership Down, The Plague Dogs and Grave of the Fireflies, sometimes I find I need to intersperse it with some comedy, and of that SpongeBob’s one of my personal favourites. Incidentally, SpongeBob’s kind of tricky to draw, probably because I’m pretty sure this is actually the first time I’ve drawn him, though I think I did pretty well. I feel kind of bad about drawing him in a scary situation like this, so now I’m working on a pic of him with Patrick. Pat’s kind of tricky to draw too, probably for the same reason, ‘cause I’ve never drawn him before either. After that I probably won’t draw any more SpongeBob fanart for a long time, ‘cause I’m very shy about it, though I might again eventually… but I’ll draw fanart of other things sometime in the not-so-distant future, including Watership Down, the Plague Dogs, and maybe even Grave of the Fireflies (though I don’t have much faith in my ability to draw humans). 

Also incidentally, this dolphin is just a random NPC, though I tried to do some practice drawing more realistic bottlenose markings. I think I’ll need more practice. But oh well. :/

SpongeBob c) Nickelodeon/Stephen Hillenburg
Art c) me