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"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's avatar
I love how you drew her long oregen hair. The skull makes look kind of creepy. 
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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
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AbigailLarson|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.
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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. 
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AbigailLarson|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!
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labX12|Student Artist
mermaid: oh don,t min the skull what they say about us is mm, how you say false news .
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VARAKIENEN's avatar
 I am curious if you have ever heard of an artist named Lela Dowling?
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AbigailLarson|Professional Digital Artist
I hadn't, but I just looked her up - her work is wonderful!
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 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?



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NeoSailorCrystal|Student Digital Artist
I love that hair.
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paugamdelafraye|Professional Traditional Artist
Well made
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RyanHamachi's avatar
How do you even develope a style like this?  It's so amazing...
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AbigailLarson|Professional Digital Artist
Years and years or studying, research, and practice! Glad you like it :)
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LilyBlight|Hobbyist General Artist
This work has been featured here, fav.me/d8xe1o7, for world oceans month.:love:
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bbb35's avatar
Breathless!! It's truly gorgeous :D
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NamiAnArt|Hobbyist General Artist
she is gorgeous^^
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unicornomics| General Artist
I love your style
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cookie16monster98's avatar
she look so evil, but sexy .....PERFECT:)
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CreativeChick614's avatar
It's a shame she didn't get the prince in the original
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pyrogirlbl's avatar
this is gorgeous!
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snoopcat99|Hobbyist General Artist
Yours is soooo much more the way the Andersen story goes than, say, Disney's.  
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amazinglyunique's avatar
Perfect. She could sing anyone into an eternal slumber. 
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arosal6978's avatar
Breathtakingly wonderful!!
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hiyor|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow that's really cool ^^!
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