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Deep Terrors by cabroon Deep Terrors by cabroon
I´ve seen enough hentai... you know the rest.

There are a lot of ariel pics out there being attacked by an octopus, buuut I just couldnt find one that appealed me in such a memorable way. 
That´s why I decided to make one. 

I remember having seen a B movie when I was a little kid where there was an octopus killing people. You never saw the octopus, you got a camera angle from the octopus point of view. 
One moment there was a baby on a stroller on a deck, next thing you know baby was gone. 
One of my irrational terrors was not sharks in the pool.
It was octopus on the pool. 

I have this Phobia/Fascination with spiders and octopuses. There is something about octopuses, the void in their intelligent eyes. The way they camouflage and ambush their preys and just like sticking to bubble gum or spiderweb, once it wraps a tentacle around you, it is almost impossible to escape. You can´t effectively fight or inflict damage on that rubbery muscular structure, it will just keep adding more tentacles to the equation, those suction cups that just wont let go, and by the time you free yourself from one, you are already ensnarled in two or three more. 

That irrational terror is what I wanted to convey on this image. The dephts of the sea are dangerous, and I firmly believe that many adventurous merman and mermaids found their demise in the tentacles of one of these monsters. 

Initially I had the idea of ariel being gagged with a starfish, just as ursula in human form does in the ship wedding scene. Ultimately, an octopus an a starfish working together just didn´t felt right. And I went for the octopus alone.   I thought first about a squid covering ariel´s mouth with one of his wider tip tentacles, but squids only have two long tentacles and the other tentacles are rather short. Besides the body-tentacle ratio wouldn´t have worked for the design idea of the pic. 

I couldnt find a proper color for the octopus. Ariel was color balanced with the background (redhead, green tail, peach-yellow skin and blue ocean), so the octopus didn´t balanced the pic in any way. Besides, what color is an octopus? They change colors accordingly to their situation and surroundings, so any colour and design could be plausible. So I went for the dark purple reminiscing ursula. 
Background is a collage from image web searches, some blur filters, screen mode, some overlay shadow gradient, some light rays traced, some more blurring and color management until it felt right and balanced with the pic. 
I added some ocean light rays over the octopus and ariel and turned down the transparency, added some glow, skin filters for the octopus, an some bevel and emboss to add some texture to its skin. 
Finally some bubbles... I dont´t know why, we are used to see bubbles in animation, but fishes dont just burp out bubbles. They breathe through their gills or branchia. They absorb the oxygen on the water by filtering it. If you watch an underwater documentary, no fish, crab, shark or marine life burps bubbles ( dolphins, whales and orcas are marine mammals that breathe air)
I understand that in animation, as a way to subconciously sell you the illusion of someone underwater, they add something that we all relate with being underwater (bubbles), but fishes dont "exhale" bubbles.  It is not correct, you might have never thought of it before, but I´m sure you will think about it the next time you watch the liittle mermaid. 

Anyway, enough bubble ranting. 

Cabroon out.
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Xenovolve Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Something from my youth fantasies definitely. Well done
kragf Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
Very well done, nice work
EuropeanDragon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018
I like to think the octopus is about to tickle Ariel, especially her beautiful little tummy.
SrDem Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Artist

now the octopus sends her at his master CTHULU, he always loves the virgins, even more if theyre fish
CaldoRosa Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
flybyknight Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017
Poor unfortunate souls!…
JangoFettUnchained Featured By Owner May 24, 2017
This makes me want to see way more Mermaid DiD stuffs :)
Great job!
Serge2nd Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Menacing octopus!
P-Girls Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing! Good job
CeeAyBee Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Cab Seal Approval Sm by CeeAyBee  
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
Awesome work Arie in troubke here
Brilliant, though perhaps a sea witch may have been a more appropriate creature to be wrapping tentacles around our favourite red head mermaid
Gulliver63 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017
I laughed out loud when I saw this - this is quite well done, BTW. "Unda da sea..."
bound-aussie Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
Quite tentacular work!
BadSoldier1992 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
I'm loving the attention to detail here aswell as what others have already said with the octopus. Noting the light comming through the water to hit the skin in that all too familiar underwater "shine", the bubbles, the scales on ariels body, the physique of the octopus, just everything

Thank you for sharing
mcherry1 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
I have to say your Octopus looks fantastic! Very nice tentacles and grabbing pose on lovely Ariel - and unlike many who draw Octopus, you endeavored to draw all the "sucker" rings for each tentacle that will stick to its prey. I think that without those little rings on the tentacles an octopus would just be another creature with tentacles instead of a dangerous octopus that can grasp with them as well as wrap prey up, making it so much harder to escape.
cabroon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At first the suckers began as a chore. I experimented with a brush to make them automatically with some degree of success. I even researched about how they work. In the end, I started enyojing working on them. The results were more than satisfactory
Thanks a lot for your comment and analysis.
Limpurtikles Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The octopus really steals the show here. It's so well drawn its actually kinda scaring me. I totally get where you're coming from with that octopus pgobia, too. It doesn't help either that, apparently, they are way more intelligent than they should be (if the stories I heard are correct).

Personally, I wouldn't want to be caught in the water with one of those. Same with squids too. Like, Humboldt squids? They's sum scary shit, mate.
cabroon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A disney-styled octopus (cartoony) could not have transmitted my phobia and terror for them. So I went for a realistic style, devoid of any emotions. That way you can really feel the danger and feel there is a very tangent reason for the terror in ariel's eyes.
Thanks for your comment. Much appreciated.
puppeyguy66 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017
love this!!!=P (Razz) :D (Big Grin) :) (Smile) 
mattjohn1992 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, your work is awesome.
quailman3219 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
Absolutely incredible! Love the facial expression of both Ariel and the octopus (if that makes sense).
cabroon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KnightRider2k Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
TheAnonymousBondageG Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Under the sea no one can hear you scream…
roughrouge007 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
Teriffic work. Nice wrap around her neck... 
Sure thing their buddy, but I don't know who your complementing because I'm not the one who made this
Lakedawg19 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Great and sexy pic of Ariel bound and gagged by that octopus' tentacles.Love 
A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
        Occie Dance 
Doozer73 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Magnificent!  All the thought and decision making that went into this is appreciated and I will say you made the right choice in all cases. I definitely got the Ursula vibe from the color of the octopus. 

- Tail is wrapped and pulled back; she can't swim away. 

- The tentacle around her neck is acting like a collar, leash and gag, all in one!  And it can tighten!

- Arms trapped behind her back prevent her from freeing herself. I get the feeling they're about to be pulled back. I see some kind of backbreaking mermaid hogtie in her near future. 

- Her eyes tell us she knows she's in trouble and there's nothing she can do about it.

- For the octopus it looks like business as usual. If anything, a bit annoyed at her futile struggling, but certainly a contrast to Ariel's state. It also still has two tentacles unoccupied. I wonder where and how they will be put into use. :)

Thank you for sharing this! 
cabroon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could not have explained it better myself.
Thaks for your comments. Much appreciated.
toms-mark Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Very nicely done. I love it.
TGIB117 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Incredibly well done! Looks like she'll be floundering for quite some time. Love the struggling/ facial expression.
ascendingskulls Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sebastian: "Comepletely hopeless.."
hooon42 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
You forget wrap her waist
cabroon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I left the waist unwrapped, that way if you pull the neck and the "knees" (tail) backwards, you get that nice backwards arched position. By leaving the waist unwrapped, you can feel the tension of the octopus pulling her backwards. 
It actually was a design decision from the very start. Smart, huh?
hooon42 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
NOT smart, it's STUPID (means YOU!)
cabroon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whatever. Moving on. 
Winston91504 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
This is fantastic! Thank you! (And - I agree with the comment above about enjoying your explanation of the pic. Right down to the bubbles ... which somehow I'd never even thought of before. You're right, you've ruined "The Little Mermaid" for me from now on ... ) ;)
coredumperror Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Wow, this is really special! (I would have said breathtaking, but someone already made that pun). Ariel's expression is superb, the octopus looks appropriately menacing, and the background is really evocative!
cabroon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Tried my best to make her look terrified. The octopus is menacing not for its size, but for what it represents. I don´t get why they put angy octopuses on some pics. Octopuses are cold, calculating hunters. That´s whats fearsome about them. 
Zuryan-Arts Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Such a poor, unfortunate soul....

Sorry. I couldn't help myself.
ThisBetterBeFood Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Huh so even mermaids can experience bondage 
cabroon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Curious? Interested? Check this:
gh0st-of-Ronin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Down where it's wetter. Down where it's better.... xD 
FetishPriest666 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Great one
xaenon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Oh, now, this is delicious.  Lovely work.
LureDA Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have to really admire not only the effort and the skill, but the amount of thought and planning you put into the picture. Reading your comments about how and why this picture came to be, the decisions you made and those you considered is extremely fascinating to me! Really adds more to the picture, and it helps give that intimidating vibe you were going for. Now I can't stop looking into those terrifying eyes of the octopus haha.

All in all, well done Cabroon! Thanks for sharing both the art and the story.
cabroon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! And here I was, wondering if anyone reads my ramblings...
I enjoy reading what the author has to say about his work (one of the main reasons I´m here at DA). I believe that sharing the process behind the pic lets you appreciate the image a lot more. I get kind of sad when an artist uploads a wonderful image without sharing some insight about the thought process behind it.  
Again, thanks for your comments. 
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