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Mermaids by maidenknight Mermaids by maidenknight
I've always been fascinated with mermaids, and so they're one of my favorites to draw (next to elves and centaurs)..

The mermaids here are based on real fish (I don't know if you'll see the likeness especially on the green one). I've noticed that most illustrations of mermaids didn't have any way for them to breathe under water (which is weird since they're supposed t live there) so I added gills at the side of their faces (hope it doesn't look too odd!>.<) I wanted their skin to look waterproof-like but I didn't seem to have achieved it...

Anyway, the style I used here is actually an experiment. I haven't used them (the media) all in one art before so I was very nervous applying the paint for the splash (I used white acrylic paint while the sea is oil pastel). Unlike in photoshop, traditional media don't have ctrl+z. I'm so happy it turned out well!!!^^

I was reluctant to do the blue one blue since the sea and the sky is already blue.. Hope my decision was right..

Hope to know what you think!!^^

I didn't use any reference for the faces, but somehow I think the orange mermaid looks kinda like a famous someone... (clue: an international popstar)

...but maybe it's just me...
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dragonkiss114 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Their very pretty,but I wish they had shirts... :)
maidenknight Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much~~
...kinda thought of putting tops on them, but my friend said don't, so yeah~^^"
dragonkiss114 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so welcome!Hug I'm not trying to be mean but, I think you friend thinks shirts are overrated.:| (Blank Stare) 
maidenknight Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awwww it's alright~
thanks again~:D (Big Grin) 
dragonkiss114 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! If you make mermaids again try putting shirts on them. They don't even have to be full shirts they can be like bikini tops
or something! :) (Smile) 
maria-hr Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
May i feature this in a journal post?
maidenknight Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yesh, okays, and thank you very much if you will~^^'s my honor~^^
hsybbed Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
maidenknight Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thank you so much~! :tighthug:
MarisaSarina Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I've always been fascinated with mermaids too and I also don't get why no one else puts gills on them! This is a really great piece; I love the red one (especially the hair) and the fins on the blue one. Looks amazing!
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