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Little Mermaid by AbigailLarson Little Mermaid by AbigailLarson
"Beauty and the Beast" is my favorite fairytale of all time, but Hans Christian Andersen's "Little Mermaid" is a close second. Mermaids are one of the wonders of the mythic world, like dragons, because every culture has a story about them. I love experimenting with different looks for them, but for this piece I wanted to keep that traditional "golden age" fairytale mermaid look.

This was drawn in ink and colored with watercolors.

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JadeFoxScarletIbis Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018
I love how you drew her long oregen hair. The skull makes look kind of creepy. 
glowworm56 Featured By Owner May 4, 2018
I just wanted to let you know that this man not only is stealing your artwork and claiming it as his own in his deviantart gallery, he actually got a Daily Deviation on this piece.  little mermaid by Ray-Colt-and-children by RayColt
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I just heard - thank you for letting me know! I've been trying to get his page removed for weeks, but DA has still not gotten back to me. I've filed new reports, and written to the violations team directly. I hope this can be cleared up soon.
glowworm56 Featured By Owner Edited May 4, 2018
Me too. It used to be so much easier to report art thefts several years ago. What really upsets me worse than the art theft itself though is that he actually got a Daily Deviation for something that wasn't even his to begin with.
While his actual page is still up for the time being--I am pleased to say that his "Daily Deviation" was stripped from him. 
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad the DD was removed! I really wish it was easier to report accounts, but I'm going to keep pestering DA until this is properly taken care of. Thanks again for letting me know!
glowworm56 Featured By Owner May 4, 2018
No problem. :hug:
labX12 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Student Artist
mermaid: oh don,t min the skull what they say about us is mm, how you say false news .
VARAKIENEN Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017
 I am curious if you have ever heard of an artist named Lela Dowling?
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I hadn't, but I just looked her up - her work is wonderful!
VARAKIENEN Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017

 Indeed. Ive known her in person for some 25 years. her fairy stuff has vast similarities to some of your work. I had wondered if some how she was an inspiration.  She was one of mine for a while back in the day.
 She used to do tech pen detailed drawings so tiny that when the word thumbnail sketch was used, that she thought Thats what it ACTUALLY MEANT. SKETCHES THE SIZE OF THUMB NAILS, AND IT BECAME A THING WITH HER FOR SOME YEARS. SUPER TINY DETAILED DRAWINGS.  LOL.
Pardon my caps lock. my button sticks, im never yelling and i tire of constantly going back to correct.

This next is Not an insult.
I wish I had the ability to leave off my details at times.  To just do more basic line drawings then add broad shading with water color or copi etc.
 I would be able to churn out far more works than I do.
I envy the simplicity of your style.   You can move on to a work where inspiration takes you almost at a whim, where I often feel inspired to move on, but my work is incomplete, then I feel trapped in having to finish it, and the inspiration wanes.

Any advice there?

NeoSailorCrystal Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I love that hair.
toniolamainfroide Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well made
RyanHamachi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015
How do you even develope a style like this?  It's so amazing...
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Years and years or studying, research, and practice! Glad you like it :)
LilyBlight Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This work has been featured here,, for world oceans month.:love:
bbb35 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Breathless!! It's truly gorgeous :D
NamiAnArt Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
she is gorgeous^^
unicornomics Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014   General Artist
I love your style
cookie16monster98 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
she look so evil, but sexy .....PERFECT:)
CreativeChick614 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist
It's a shame she didn't get the prince in the original
pyrogirlbl Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
this is gorgeous!
snoopcat99 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yours is soooo much more the way the Andersen story goes than, say, Disney's.  
amazinglyunique Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist
Perfect. She could sing anyone into an eternal slumber. 
arosal6978 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Breathtakingly wonderful!!
hiyor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow that's really cool ^^!
maryemm57 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So much texture, I looove it!! And her facial expression is very fitting. She's got that dangerous come-hither look down pat.
rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
LOVE her hair. Wow all around.
AthenaOwl19 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Your drawing style is so beautiful. 
scribbleprints Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
You really captures the Arthur Rackham feel here.  Love it.
somnomania Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I LOVE your drawing style, holy crap. It reminds me very much of the artist Arthur Rackham's work, both for style and content, and he's one of my top three favorite "big-name" artists. :)
semtiavalon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Move over Ariel there's a new mermaid in town!

Love this Abigail! :)
Epic-Tragedy267 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
This is Gorgeous!! I love how your art is so enticingly beautiful and macabre at the same time :)
MelodiaMystic Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
izclark Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
im not sure if the hair was an intentional disney reference but i like it either way :) it looks as though her whole body is scaled... is that the classic way to depict mermaids? seems unusual to me. beautiful colouring and i love the ragged look all your characters have...
drawn-on-wings Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the way you draw hair ahhhhh~!
purplewoods2010 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes.  Love.
frogit Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Fist of all, I love your work! :)
But what I'm really curious about is what type of paper you use for your watercolors?
I'm just getting into the medium and your paintings have such a wonderful texture.
RiseandBe Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The Little Mermaid is my favorite fairytale, and this depiction is breath-taking!
deluecksartist Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
it's more a loreley, isn't it? ;)
but anyway... i love this 
Achen089 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! I like the composition and colour palette, especially the sky - it indeed reminds of the soft colours they favored  during the Golden Age of illustration. Your style is of course as gorgeous as ever. May i ask what do you apply the ink with? Brush? dip pen?
StellaStarfish Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student General Artist
This is beautiful :) i love it!!
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
So lovely!  I like the addition of the skull.  Andersen "prettified" the mermaid a bit; I'm glad that you remembered her siren roots! ;)
Follyfoot Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great design, I like that her scales extend all the way up her arms... skull's a nice (signature) touch too. :nod:
seystudios Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional
Yes! <3
Some1Silly Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
fantastic style and amazing colour.

Would you attempt to do other versions of mermaids; Melusine, Selkies, Finnfolk, Nixies or Tritons?
mamaOOD Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful detail!
Ariemea Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Seriously, I would buy a collection of fairy tales if you illustrated the front page of each. ^_^ 
Ariemea Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
I love the way you interpreted it! Far too often people just do another interpretation of Disney's version. -_-;
Arsinoes Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I really love your style... I want to see more illustrations like this! Keep it up ;)
degriezelbus0 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
love her tale :D (Big Grin)
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