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Bad Watson and Dolphins

Updated: Feb 23, 2020

Since I'm too lazy to write a paragraph to explain this painting, I'm just gonna copy & paste from what I wrote for my class lol.

I used a well-known painting called "Watson and the Shark" by John Copley for this project to talk about the dolphin slaughter in Japan. I was inspired by a documentary film called "The Cove" and it shows a bunch of people killing dolphins indiscriminately in Japan. Japanese people kill thousands of dolphins every year and sell them to markets as they tag the dolphin meat as 'salmon.' Japanese people believe that the dolphin fins help them to be cured and healed from any type of disease. Therefore, dolphin fins are ridiculously overpriced.

I wanted to describe my feelings of anger toward this animal cruelty in the painting. There are two Japanese flags are shown on my painting, one is on the corner of the boat and the other one is hardly seen on the orange towel. I painted a city in Tokyo, I added the Tokyo tower on the left to discriminate.

And here are some process shots!

So I started with the sky first, which I thought would be the easiest.

Here's some struggle with the first dolphin lol.

As soon as my studio mate saw the huge sketch of the dolphin, she was like

"LUCY!! WTH is that!?!?!?!?!? Isn't that a dolphin!?!? IT'S HUGE!!!!!!!"


Yeah, the first sketch of a dolphin was... huge LOL.

And then my studio mates started explaining to me how small they are lol.

And here is my first dolphin!

My studio mates were so happy about the scale of the dolphin,, and were proud of it LOL.

I was happy, too, because they were happy xD.

More dolphins

And the boat..

And Tokyo City on the background..

I tried to make them look like Asians.


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