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Mermaid by jackieocean Mermaid by jackieocean
Mermaids have always been a favorite mythical/fantasy subject of mine, ever since I was a little girl. However, I long ago grew tired of seeing the stereotypical type of mermaid (think The Little Mermaid). That style isn't a bad thing (in fact, The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite animated movies), but with this drawing I wanted to make her look more aquatic. That's why I gave her webbed hands, more scales on the body, the blue and green tones, and the more elaborate fins. I also wanted her to look sort of like a cartoon character, semi-2D, as sort of a nod to my favorite animated mermaid. I wasn't going for a totally realistic look, and I like the result of this approach. Overall I'm pretty happy with this picture. I drew this on paper, inked it, and then colored it in Photoshop. It was completed in August of 2003.

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LuvLoz Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work with the foreshortening. Love the textures.
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jackieocean Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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fazzygrl Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is what mermaids ought to look like!
:+favlove: Gorgeous!
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jackieocean Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm happy to hear that you like this design. :)
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fazzygrl Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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CaptainQuirk Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2005
Oh, I like her tail - very tropical.
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jackieocean Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005  Professional General Artist
I got the idea for her tail from a combination of palm trees and various angelfish and beta fish fins.
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CaptainQuirk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005
what's a beta fish?
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jackieocean Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005  Professional General Artist
Beta fish are those fish where if you put them in a tank together they'll fight to the death. Sometimes called Japanese fighting fish. They can have really pretty fins. Here are some pictures: [link]
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SSJVToast Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nifty. it looks great.
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