We are very pleased to share some drawings by a very talented SeaWorld fan named Commerson Smith. In this interview he discusses his art, as well as his video series Cetacea-Talk.
What is the inspiration behind your art?
When I was 2 years old I did not have a personality, my family tried seeing what I liked by experimenting from cars, to planes. Then my mom said “lets take him to Sea World in San Diego”; I didn’t know what to expect from this place they call Sea World. When got there and we went to the Shamu Adventure show (in 1999), and when I saw those huge creatures from the sea I was astounded by their power, agility and strength. My whole future just flashed before my eyes of what I wanted to do, and I started telling my mom, dad, and brother, “I have to do that job”. After that visit all I ever did was talk like a beluga about cetaceans, and I started reading books about cetaceans (I mean the big word kind of books). Then I decided I should start drawing them. By age 4 I could draw orcas (they didn’t exactly look like orcas) and then dolphins, gray whales, blue whales, pilot whales, sperm whales and etc. Through the years I have progressed dramatically in my art, from silly cartoons, to realistic cartoons which I call, “Basic Life Art”.
What animal do you enjoy drawing/painting the most?
Now these days my usual species I draw are Commerson’s Dolphins, Short-Finned Pilot Whales, False Killer Whales, Resident Orca, Antarctic Orca, All 5 sub-species of Bottlenose Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Belugas, Narwhals, and Spotted Dolphins
Are your drawings available for sale? How can we buy one?
My drawings are for sale, BUT only seasonally they are sold around spring and summer between March, April & May. Sadly I cannot sell them online, I am only able to sell at my house during garage sells. It has been very successful though, I have made 200 dollars in the past 3 years. I also advertise Sea World for free, and sometimes let people play contest to win special art. This coming spring (if we have a yard sale) I will put my “Antarctica” sculpture up on the market.
What is your favorite animal at SeaWorld?
Even though I originally love orcas, through years I have had some even closer friends at Sea World San Diego, the Pilot Whales Bubbles, Shadow and Argo.
Tell us more about your video blog Cetacea-Talk.
Cetacea-Talk is a talk video blog I make that usually premieres on Fridays. The show is about all whales, dolphins, and porpoises found all over the world and events in wild and captivity. I even do a lot of Sea World news, reviews, and more. Just this Monday I will debut a new episode, “Sea World Career Camp Review: Part 1”.
Thank you, Commerson, for sharing your artwork with us!