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Dive buddies. by Baron-Engel Dive buddies. by Baron-Engel
As a general rule most mice are not big on swimming, and there are some good reasons for that. Due to their small size it is very easy for them to get hypothermia even in fairly mild conditions. While they possess great strength for their size it is easy to be swept away by waves and currents. Finally, any natural body of water that is big really enough to explore can have something that can eat you! Petina and Jackie are not the general rule.

This shot was done as promotional ad for the brothel that both Petina and Jackie worked for, and was shot down in the Cayman Islands. The depth is only about eight feet over one of the reefs. What you can't see is the portable dive/ air chamber that is a few feet out of camera view, or the several bigum scuba divers that are just out of sight that have checked to make certain that no Moray Eel is going to suddenly come out of the coral grottos eat one of the ladies. The divers are also watching in case some grouper or barracuda thinks the gals would make a sweet little snack. All in all the girls had a ball doing the shoot.

This was the first time I'd done an underwater scene in color and making both the characters and background look like thwy were underwater took some research. Image size 14"x 17". Medium color pencil, gouache , and some marker and micron pen.
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Fundz64 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*first reaction to 'Mice are not big on swimming'* ... yeah, and ponies don't usually talk and fly :iconbadumtssplz:
Seriously, I'm really digging your traditional drawing style! ...have you made a certain web-comic or pin-up storyboard somewhere in the wild world of the internet, by any chance?
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anzul Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student General Artist
lovely pose man!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I really wanted to give the feeling of them floating in the water.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
They'd have been safer in one of the spring pools in Florida, like Weeki Wachee Springs.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah but then they would not be in the Cayman Islands. Truth be told if they really wanted to be safe they would've done the swimming in a tank with a green screen and digital comped in a background. Or made 3D models of them and just animated it since this picture is from the 24th century. However both Jackie and Petina along with their employer The Mouse Trap decided to do it old school for much of this travelogue.
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TheEvstar Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Awesome picture! I like their swimsuits and the flippers and the diving mask the grey one is wearing!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah you like Jackie's Squeak swimsuit.
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TheEvstar Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Yes I do. The flippers and diving mask complete the look though.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I really need to do more underwater and swimming pieces with those two, especially since it is unusual for mice to be into swimming due to the issues I discussed in the posting.
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TheEvstar Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Sounds like a good idea seeing that summer has arrived.
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