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The obligatory Little Mermaid fanart ;p

A random speedpaint of Ariel gone too far and turned into a full-on painting :P Nooo, Ariel, don't touch the jellyfish! Where's Flounder where you need him?

I modified Ariel's look just a tad, mainly the seashells and the transition from her body to fishtail. And I still have major trouble with hands...

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:bulletred:The Little Mermaid belongs to Hans Christian Andersen, and this take on the story belongs to Disney.
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XbinaryBrwnfanartist Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the look you gave Ariel--she looks like she's not infused with sugar or coffee here. : D Not that that's bad--Rapunzel seems to be similar hyped up, but I like your take on her. She looks tranquil, like a secretive siren. I absolutely love the surface of the water, I will study your water techniques and try to incorporate them into my water. A mysterious thing, water..I love how the sun shines through the surface, and it kind of has a greenish tint--it's mesmerizing. I love the jellyfish around Ariel--it's almost a metaphor for her courting of danger in the movie. : ) Hopefully she doesn't get zapped. ^^ The jellyfish lighting Ariel's hair is exquisite, an orange glow. I love the bubbles--black or blue-black in the middle, ringed by a luminescent blue. Her scales are so lifelike I feel I can reach out and tentatively grab the tail before it slips away or in the alternative, slaps my hand away. I love the lighting and shading on her cheeks and chin. So gorgeous, I love this painting, phenomenal work! ^^
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
J:

WOW! Thank you for such amazing comments!!! :hug:

LOL you're correct about how much art featuring her and Rapunzel appears to hype them both up on espresso and pixie sticks. It's nice to explore the less bubbly sides of both of them. (Actually, Ariel wasn't all that bubbly to begin with as she spent a great deal of the film either wistful or downcast. She certainly fit the "moody teenager" trope quite well.)

Thank you! Water has consistently been one of my favorite things to draw. The way the light shines through all the ripples on the surface and how it can turn all sorts of interesting colors has always been intriguing to me. C:

Awesome interpretation! It was interesting how calm she remained as she flirted with the dangers of traveling to the surface and making a deal with Ursula. She didn't even give the latter any deliberation! Ariel won't get zapped; don't worry!

Thank you so much for your awesome comments! (And many apologies for the delay as I don't check our account every day!) :hug:
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XbinaryBrwnfanartist Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
::hug: ^^^^ My pleasure! ^^ ^^

I know, right? OO Their eyes and mouths are so huge! That's true, especially in "Part of Your World"--and she's not very bubbly when Triton is destroying her stuff. D: ^^:  "Wistful or downcast", that sums it up for Ariel, certainly.

My pleasure again! It's amazing, the texture of the water, and how complex it is, and how you capture that is stunning. ^^ That's true, it's too limited to think of water just as blue, there's so many colors. 

That's a relief. : D Thanks! Yeah, she was very bold and calm even while Ursula's scary magic is firing off all over the place. And traveling to the surface, she's certainly an explorer. ^^

No need to apologize! ^^ Non-internet stuff is very important! : D


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LyssaAnne Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
i love her expression

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dotsweare Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Thank you my dear! :hug:
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Inkywincy Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I shall call him squishy and he shall be my squishy *sting* bad squishy Bad! XD
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Come here, squishy! Come here, little squishy! XDDD
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Inkywincy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Hehe Squishy XD Dory never learns
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TwilightLink7 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
I think Ariel has be hanging out with Dory too much.
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
LOL! They both have their heads in the clouds more often than not.
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kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
I want to see The Little Mermaid crossed with Finding Nemo. NOW.
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Totally agreed! There is so much potential for a crossover like that. Like Nemo and Flounder would so become BFF, and Dory would so get caught up in the musical numbers. Let's write Pixar and petition for a crossover! :P
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kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
I second that!
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SweetVenom94 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great pic
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Thank you :heart:
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SweetVenom94 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
np :D
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uptowngirl48 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love how you made the jellyfish look like they are actually glowing!!
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Thank you! :heart: Some jellyfish really do appear to be phosphorescent, and the effect they make is so gorgeous! I looove glowy stuff :P
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uptowngirl48 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
you're very welcome! That's interesting :)
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KezART Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
I love the lighting you've put in this painting. It's beautiful!
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Thank you! :heart: It's fun to play with colour :D
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KezART Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Agreed! :thumbsup:
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VEKTTOR Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Is is is is is... ES PRECIOSO!

sorry, I am speak spanish, and "precioso" is the correct word to express my feelings
(sorry for the wrong english D:!)
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Hahaha, no le preocupe. Comprendo el español; era mi concentración menor en la universidad, y viví en Venezuela brevamente. Y me parece que usted habla el inglés mejor que muchas personas en los EEUU :P

¡Muchas gracias! :D Me encanta que disfruta esta pintura <3
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VEKTTOR Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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AVasquezArt Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Where's Dory
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Maybe somewhere off the coast of Australia? I should have included her :P
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fangtasia69 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CONGRATULATIONS you have been placed in this months feature in my journal :) well done

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fangtasia69 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CONGRATULATIONS you have been placed in this months feature in my journal :) well done

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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Oh my gosh, THANK YOU! It totally made my day to see <333333333 Sorry it took so long to get back to you, but THANK YOU AGAIN! Wow, a monthly feature in your journal is seriously something to get excited over. :la:
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fangtasia69 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
he he no worries it is well deserved! :D
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PHarold Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Her hands are just fine!
I love this it made me laugh out loud!

That's a classic line and so perfect. I don't think Ariel would have any trouble with Jellies. The light effects are lovely in the back. And she looks so tranquil, and a shade older than the cartoon. Not that that is a bad thing. I like how the jellyfish phosphorescence is lighting her face up so slightly.
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Man, thank you so much for the awesome comments! Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you, but I don't have much time to get on dA during the week. :P

First of all, THANK YOU for the awesome comments! You seem totally awesomesauce, and I hope you don't mind another follower on your page so I can keep returning the favour :P

I don't think she would have much trouble with jellies either-- to be honest, I really wanted to include them in any picture. The phosphorescent orange ones are my favourites because they complement the water so nicely. I ADORE marine life and want to include it in art more. :D

Thank you again! :heart:
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PHarold Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry about taking so long...I'm probably on it enough for both of us since I'm on the computer all day with Ebay and stuff.

I would be happy to have you! And vice versa I hope.

You're so welcome and keep up all the wonderful things!
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DramaLove Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
i love this! squishy :D
This looks so great!
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Squishy! XD Ever since watching Finding Nemo, every time I see jellies, I think "Squishy" :P

And thank you! :D
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evil-innocence-16 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
this is absolutely beautiful!! i love it :heart:
although, isn't that line from 'finding nemo'??
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Thank you! :heart:

Yes, it is from Finding Nemo! I deliberately made it the title because I wanted something a bit less generic than "Ariel" or "Under the Sea" ;P

BTW, I am loving your avatar. I watched it several times!
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evil-innocence-16 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
ohh cool. yeah, just making sure :)

p.s. why tanchuu :heart:
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
LOL! That line was my favourite from Nemo, actually :P Every time I see jellies, I automatically think "Squishyyyyy" :D

P.S. You're welcome!
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evil-innocence-16 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
haha ikr!!

'i shall call him squishy and he shall be mine. and he shall be my squishy. come here squishy!!!'
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kimworld Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Beautiful!
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Thank you! :hug:
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superdoglac Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Absolutely gorgeous. The detail is astounding.
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Thank you for commenting and taking the time to notice the details! :hug: It certainly provides motivation to paint more :)
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LuvMangaFF7 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol!! love the title and great work!! :la:
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Hahaha! "He shall be my Squishy." :la:

I think there actually is an Ariel/Nemo crossover somewhere on dA. :P
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LuvMangaFF7 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet!! :la:
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PrayerGirl1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Sweet!
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Thank you! :hug:
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