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Enchanting Watercolor Whale Paintings Capture the Magic of Ocean Life

Marine Life Watercolor Illustrations by Canan Esen

Germany-based illustrator Canan Esen creates delicate watercolor paintings that capture the elegant movements of majestic whales and other marine life. From humpbacks and orcas to dolphins and even mermaids, the talented artist hopes her work will inspire action for ocean health and the wellbeing of marine wildlife.

Esen often posts quotes that inspire her on Instagram, including one by American philosopher Loren Eiseley who once said, “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” Esen beautifully visualizes this with each piece. Rendered in watery brushstrokes and paint droplets, each illustrated sea creature looks as though it’s gliding and splashing through the page. Esen often adds gold leaf embellishments to her work, adding even more ethereal wonder to her regal subjects. In some cases, forests and plant life seem to grow from the whales’ backs, illustrating the connection between land and sea.

You can purchase Esen’s original painting by messaging her on Instagram. 10% of profits will go towards supporting ocean and marine life conservation projects.

Illustrator Canan Esen paints delicate watercolor illustrations that capture the elegant movements of majestic whales and other marine life.

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Each illustrated sea creature looks as though it’s gliding and splashing through the page

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She hopes her work will inspire action for ocean health and the wellbeing of marine wildlife.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Canan Esen.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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