Swept Away by Fantasia

Words and Illustrations by: Liam Hopkinson

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To me, life is experienced in the fullest when you enjoy the little moments.

Some of my fondest memories while sea kayak guiding in the polar regions come from those little moments. During my last Christmas working in Antarctica, we had a paddle in an area that was usually stunning but on that day was shrouded in cloud. While we waited and hoped for some big friends to show up we paddled into a flurry of snow, trying to catch the flakes in our mouths as they swept their way toward us on the wind.

Enjoying these little moments makes me wonder what whales think of us when they come up close. Are we just a little thing to them, a tiny moment in their gigantic life? When they choose to give us a flipper, eyeball us, or even spend minutes on end spiraling around us, is that their way of enjoying the little things? Maybe it brings a little more excitement and happiness out of the daily routine... Or can they tell how much of a spiritual experience it is for us?


Enjoying these little moments makes me wonder what whales think of us when they come up close. Are we just a little thing to them, a tiny moment in their gigantic life?


Throughout my seasons working in these fantastic areas, I’ve come to believe that there is something more in a whale's interaction with us than merely a chance meeting. For me, looking back on those moments I feel as though I was swept away into one Big.. Fantastic… Little Moment.

Swept Away by Fantasia

Swept Away by Fantasia

Big Little Moments

Big Little Moments

Breaching the Status Quo

Breaching the Status Quo

Ocean of Potential

Ocean of Potential

Ocean of Potential

Ocean of Potential

Immerse Your Soul

Immerse Your Soul

 

The Process:

When I start feeling nostalgic or just want a moment away from a busy day of graphic design, I pull out my art journal and start pencil sketching. Sometimes I start with random abstract water and mess around with different currents and flows. Other times I get inspired to draw a whale in a different stance. After combining both abstract water and subject with pencil, I go over it again with fine ink pens to embolden its sleek silhouette. Later, I digitalize it on illustrator to expand its application and potential.

 
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