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Wrapped by Quasimanga Wrapped by Quasimanga
Art created for the weekly illustration challenge site, This is my take on the subject “Wrapped”.

“Wrapped” started with the octopus. I liked the idea of using its out-jutting tentacles as a framing device for the picture. I considered using a modern day diver, or an unfortunate swimmer as his victim, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was making the picture more mundane than required. Since there were no restrictions (and I’m already using a monster octopus) why not delve completely into the realm of fantasy, and make its victim into a mermaid?

There you have it. She’s wrapped.

I consciously limited the palette and degree of brushwork in this piece, modifying my painting style to match up with the sort of quick-turnaround work seen in magazine spot illustrations. I was shooting for two days, but the work took a little longer than expected – maybe 2.5 days in total.

For more information about this picture, and work-in-progress image buildups, check out my blog:

For more on octopi, here’s an amazing video, featuring narration by good ‘ole David Attenborough.

As always, you can follow me on twitter. I’m Quasimanga.


Sketched on a half page of 9”x12” Strathmore Sketch paper. Finalized and painted in Photoshop CS 3.

High-quality Giclee prints are available in both 8.5"x11" ($10 plus $3.50 shipping) and 11"x17" ($20 plus $3.50 shipping) sizes, and I'll be happy to sign it.

To purchase a print:
1) Browse my website gallery: [link]
2) Click on the picture you're interested in
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crouching-kitty Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Oo the colors are so good
Kumorigyaru Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
i love how clean it looks
Tactition101 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
awesome pic
laturia Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Hey, scary but cool!

Ofidian Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
The best part about this piece is the contrasting palette; the rust-reds and the rich blues. I would love to see more artists work with a limited number of colors like in this piece.

The expressions on their faces just makes this piece even better!
greysmoke321 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
awesome art...
mrConceptual Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Really like the colours and texture here! =)
AkikoMiyahara Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Very awesome.
The octopus's eyes tell me that he just wants a hug xD
pocket-picasso Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Whoa my gosh, this is SO cool...
Lilielo-Lawliet Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
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