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MerMay #15 - Bathtub

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It's #mermay!!! :merla: 

Prompt number 15: Bathtub. 

(My prompt list: ejderha-arts.deviantart.com/st…)

One day Nirmala discovered the joy of soaking in a foamy bubble bath and she has never left the bathtub since. She even acquired a pet in the form of a nosy kitty, who either loves the cuddles, the bubbles or that whiff of fish that lingers in the bathroom.
It's not clear who's house Nirmala has invaded, but apparently they're on a holiday... Bath 
 

A5 paper (180 g/m2)
Graphite pencils
Staedtler pigment liners


(Time: 3:21Animal Emote: Snail)


17-05-2018

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SimonLBHobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice details !
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Ejderha-ArtsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! (^_^)
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Yesterdays-PaperHobbyist General Artist
I love everything about this vignette - it’s adorable, and brings back so many good memories of having a big deep claw footed tub. A cup of tea, books, bubbles and a cute kitty, what more do you need? 
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Ejderha-ArtsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! This is my idea of absolute bathing bliss.:bathla: revised 
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EshiSnuProfessional General Artist
This is just an awesome picture. I like all the details and you have a lovely way of shading.
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Ejderha-ArtsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I have these felt sticks that I use to blend the graphite pencils. It can create a subtle shading.
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EshiSnuProfessional General Artist
That really neat. 
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bluebendHobbyist Traditional Artist
She looks so chill in the bathtub, completely content and never leaving it! Also great selection of reading material, very mermaid-appropriate even though the original Little Mermaid is such a sad story and so unlike the Disney version Sad Fluttershy

Anway, love the detail of the bathtub foot thingy being a tentacle rather than the usual lion claw and the cute, tiny octopus capsizing the toy boat and OMG, the rubber duckie mermaid on her tail!!! Omg so cute 
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Ejderha-ArtsHobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it when people are noticing my quirky little details! La la la la 

The Little Mermaid is indeed originally a fairytale with a happily never after, but we all love to read a sob story once in a while.
I truly love most Disney versions of fairytales, but I do feel that Disney hijacked them in a way with changing those endings for the sake of making them family friendly, and now they’re perceived as the “true versions” (just a little complaint on my side; feel free to ignore it). Admittedly most of the originals can be morally pedantic and proper gruesome but that’s what makes them interesting. 
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bluebendHobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your quirky details! They're like little bonus easter eggs of awesomeness, yet another reason to reexamine your pieces!

I hear what you're saying about the Disney versions being accepted as the "actual versions" of fairy tales vs the stories by the brothers Grimm, though young!me did not want to hear how the little mermaid didn't live happily ever after or how she was going to turn into foam if the prince didn't love her. Also some of the different versions of well known fairy tales are *dark.* In one of the Cinderella ones, the stepsisters cut off part of their feet to fit the shoe and later they get their eyes pecked out by Cinderella's pet birds and in one Snow White, it's her own mom that wants the princess dead. There's a reason why fairy tales persist even to this day and age and I suspect, they'll continue on even if/when humanity migrates to the stars or something equally inconceivable in the future.  (I love fairy tales and reading the different versions from around the world and seeing the universal similarities/differences)

Side note, have you ever read the web comic No Rest for the Wicked? It hasn't been updated in ages but I like how the author plays around with some of the fairy tales, specifically the one with Hansel and Gretel
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Ejderha-ArtsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you again. I love children's books like Where's Wally or The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery and I think that has rubbed off on me and my way of drawing.

I agree with you on "The Little Mermaid": that ending was not what I wanted for her!
And yes, I know that Cinderella version very well. I have a big collection of fairy tale books with the original stories. Once I bought the book "Grimm's Grimmest" with a lovely selection of some of the darkest 'bedtime' stories collected by the Brothers Grimm.
"The Juniper Tree" is possibly one of the most horrific children's stories I ever read, where a jealous woman beheads her little stepson by means of slamming down the heavy lid of a chest filled with red apples. Then in panic she places his head back on his neck, ties it with a handkerchief, only to fall off again when she encourages her daughter to box him on the ear because he doesn't reply to her answer.
She then blames the little girl for killing her stepbrother and claims that the only solution is to chop him up, make him into a stew and feed him to his father...
This goes on for a while but of course the woman is punished in the end (with a millstone falling on her head), the little brother miraculously comes back to life and everybody lives happily ever after. (Phew, for a minute there I thought I would get nightmares but happy endings make everything better...Nightmare )
Not sure what lesson was to be learned here but lets face it, us humans just love gruesome stories.

I didn't know about that web comic, but I can't find it. Sounds really interesting though.
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bluebendHobbyist Traditional Artist
Whooo, super late reply!Emote - Shy Wave 01  Here's a link to the unfinished webcomic No Rest for the Wicked in case you were interested. I love how characters from different fairy tales interact with others and also the *wink wink nudge nudge* lampshading the artist does with fairy tale tropes.

Oooh, those stories sound grim as heck, though the original Grimm tales were quite dark already. Yeesh, the woman kills her stepchild and then proceeds to set up and lay the blame on her own daughter and to top it all off, she resorts to cannibalism to cover up the murder? Damn, now that's escalating a situation; though when you start with murder, there really isn't any way to better the situation.

Thanks for sharing your influences and your lovely art!
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wotawotaHobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing again!
Grr... "dragondoodl" somewhat stole my sentences... details... tub feet...
Well, the tub with tentacle feet is really great idea!!

OK. Nirmala's choice of books is very good (my fave 
Jules Verne!) and tea is ready! Yaayyy!
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Ejderha-ArtsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Nirmala knows how to have a good time. Because it’s always tea time, and a good book is the best company, next to a biscuit of course. Duncan Biscuit 
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Hai! I agree absolutely! Cup Hat 
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mow
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Ejderha-ArtsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Referring to the cat, I presume? [Cat Emote] Skeptical 
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lunageek520Hobbyist General Artist
mow!
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gregsbirdHobbyist Traditional Artist
I just noticed what she was reading!!❤️❤️
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Ejderha-ArtsHobbyist Traditional Artist
It’s always nice to read some interesting literature while bathing. Lily: Reading 
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dragondoodleHobbyist Digital Artist
The details on this are fantastic!  I want a tub with tentacle feet :love:
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Ejderha-ArtsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Me too! Tentacle GIF 
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gregsbirdHobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the little details— the tentacle tub claws and the octopus with the toy ship! Such a delight!
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Ejderha-ArtsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words. I love adding little details like that. :bath: 
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