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Delmar by Dark-SpectrumDS Delmar by Dark-SpectrumDS
EDIT: I painted over his nose because it bothered me for years. ._. (3-10-15)

My shark man/merman character “Delmar”. Yeah, you may have known him as “Aiji” but I didn’t like that name anymore since it was from my first few months of studying Japanese.

I used SAI and several references. I’m nervous about the quality of the coloring…

Plus it took over 12 friggin' hours! XD
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SnowTightFrostBite Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
That hair and that nose! It's too gorgeous!
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! (I'm terribly sorry for the late reply!) :D
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Nourak Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015   Digital Artist
His nose is delicious! Beautiful work my dear!
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks! ;D
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Notecja Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I never seen that o.o? Wow
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Yeah, I really didn't put that painting out too much. It's been about three years. I guess I was pretty nervous about the result and tried to hide it. Now I am a little happier about it since I fixed up the nose so I made sure to update this time. ^^
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Kessira26 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His nose is super pretty now! 
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks!:heart: Yeah, I had to smooth it out because that unnecessary shadow above the nostril bugged me for a while and I finally took the time to fix it somewhat after I learned a bit more.
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Kessira26 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find stuff on my drawings sometimes years later and then it's like *eye-twitch...eye-twitch* I could fix that, but....I haven't tried it yet, but maybe I'll just bite the bullet. 

I really like this guy by the way. He's so pretty! 
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ColorGush Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is enchanting..very beautiful work. I love your style!
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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ColorGush Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Lesleigh63 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Okay, I'll comment on the colour one since it's something I do myself and I like some of the same artists that you do who do this type of work. For me you've stopped too early on this piece and needed to work the details up more. More stranding in the hair, particularly in the fringe close to the face. Work the hands up a little more and the fins on his legs plus perhaps a few scales at the human skin, fish skin interface. You'll be surprised at how just working up small areas of detail gives your painting depth and makes it look finished. I really like your colour choices in this picture. Don't worry about the time it takes to do a painting if it's for yourself. Working on a commission is another story as you want to work fast to earn more. Hope this helps for your next painting :)
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thank you very much for this critique! I appreciate it! I understand what you mean. I'm just an impatient person but what you said does make a lot of sense. Something did feel a bit off. I mean, I was never good at digital art anyway and because I never bothered with the software due to time (and concentration) constraints, I don't really know what to expect from personal experience compared to when I draw on paper because I'm more used to that. Hopefully, I can get better at digital soon. I'm glad that you could point out these things for me. ^^

I never submit to critique groups (or good quality groups) because I get nervous about the quality of the critique and I am very thankful to have fellow artists like you who can point out these things without making me feel bad. "Feeling bad" isn't about the critique, however. It's about how I get angry with myself if I ask for the evaluation at the wrong time because I could have better prepared for it myself or when the critique seems like a "good riddance, don't come back" message. lol But yeah, thanks a lot and this was really helpful information. I shall try these techniques out sometime.:hug:
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Saiyakupo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
He is beautiful and reminds me of my merman dude cuz of the skarkiness (and hawtness) and omg so beautiful. <3
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thanks! :D Sorry for the late reply!
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:iconmetapham:
Metapham Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
He looks awesome!! The rendering of the skin is beautifully done. : >
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! That was one of the things I struggled the most on.>u<
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Metapham Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're very much welcome! Your hard work definitely showed through :D
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VernCode Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
amg this is so damn awesome *A*
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!:heart:
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chris-heavens Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A beautiful labor of love! I think this is excellent. <3
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!:heart:
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hazymetal Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Cool
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!:D
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Neranella Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Beautiful. :bounce:
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!:D
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Neranella Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
:)
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darkmousi Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hihi I very like the merman *:*
I would like a doll to make
i hope I can soon *.*
he is so very cool and a I very like sharks *:*
But I don't know why XDDD
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thank you!^^ Good luck with your doll!:)
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NakodileKiria Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist
whoa hi there sharkman-san :iconimbishieplz:

suddenly fangirling
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thank you!;D
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NakodileKiria Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist
You're welcome!
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CabooseBlue Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautiful, truly! The shading is breathtaking, the wispy stroke effects in the hair are breathtaking, and even with the almost dreamy fuzziness you don't lose any of the detail in the anatomy. You can clearly tell where all of his body parts are and even though they aren't crisp, they're still very appealing to look at. 10/10 on this piece from me.
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? Thanks a lot! I was afraid that I probably wasted too much time on this since it didn't come out all painterly and neat like I hoped but I really want to paint like that someday though. You know, it was very diluted looking and whatnot. But thanks again!^^
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CabooseBlue Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem, I think it's beautiful. Keep up the good work.
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LordBurn Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Daaaaang~<3
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!^^
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YumiMarie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
this is amazing! Fantastic and double yay for references. References is an artist best friend
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!:D Yep! I agree.
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Vampire-Na-Zan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AAAAHHHH,I CNA'T EVEN--THE COLOURS,THE ART---AAAHHH~<3! He's bbeaauuutttiiiffuull~! *does*

The lighting just makes it so bright and soft~! And the floaty hair,eeeeeee~<3! Simply MARVELOUS~!> W<
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you so much!:heart::la:
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KeeleyMightyMorphin Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sad that I didn't stay till the end but looks freaking amazing. I was hoping you would of went a bit of a different route with the hair. I love the colors and the coloring looks great a few iffy lines but otherwise I love this more than the original design.
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's okay. At least to came to visit me during the process! I think that counts for something!;D Thanks a lot, too!:D
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KeeleyMightyMorphin Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are to be welcomed
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Kodomina Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG... Your shark man Is HOT :iconnghplz:
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thank you!:glomp:
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Kodomina Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The pleasure is mine dear :iconnyuuplz:
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moonscout11 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
This looks wonderfully beautiful~! <3333 Wonderful job on the coloring and shading ouo
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:icondark-spectrumds:
Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!:D
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