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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.

Prints and magnets of this illustration are now available.
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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
nifty. it looks great.
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jackieocean Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2004  Professional General Artist
=D
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Taiphen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
I just adore this one!The look on her face!!She seems so happy!I guess i would too if i was a mermaid^^
I agree when you say that mermaids should look more...fishy.
The tail looks so unique!!She looks one with nature!!

oh...this might seem like free publicity but if you like them mermaids check this out [link] My friend is wrighting a story in which mermaids take an important role.They are "a bit" different from normal.Hope you like^^
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jackieocean Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2004  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the positive feedback! And I checked out that link - your friend has some pretty cool designs for merpeople. :-)
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Taiphen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome^^ and he thanks the nice comment!! XD
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jackieocean Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2004  Professional General Artist
No problem ;-)
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gummybeargoddess Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004
looks lovely! I like how the skin tone looks greenish more than an actual skin color! Add so much character!
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jackieocean Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2004  Professional General Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you think so. I wanted her to look different than your standard run-of-the-mill mermaid.
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Meugnin Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Green is my favourite colour, but is not because of that I like very much this. The sea is wonderful, and she's too. Congratulations. :clap:
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jackieocean Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2004  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the applause! I love greens and blues too - I actually have to remind myself not to overuse them in pictures simply because I like them so much.
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