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Another illustration inspired by mermaids and fishes.

I had a lot of fun painting this one! If you know a bit of fishes, then you should understand the title: those are Siamese fighting fishes, or Betta splendens, and you can find them in ponds and (sadly) aquariums. They have such beautiful colors...



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:iconneitin:
Neitin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018   Digital Artist
so beautiful!!!!!
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:iconprettyalice95:
PrettyAlice95 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I love the colours and how it looks like it's glowing. Amazing work. Love 
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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:iconanniecoleptic:
anniecoleptic Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
just gorgeous! love the contrasts!!
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:iconthrashmetallix:
ThrashMetallix Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have a gift for color. :)
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! (:
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:iconjohnlockeddancer:
JohnlockedDancer Featured By Owner May 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!!!
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:iconfluffydoki2:
fluffydoki2 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
That's one hot mermaid in a seemingly cold sea.
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:iconyasumatsuoka:
YasuMatsuoka Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
So beautiful....
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmegnarr:
Megnarr Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is low lovely I have no words!!! Your work is gorgeous!
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconcha4os:
cha4os Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
damn this is beautiful
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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xxXKrystalSoulXxx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Student General Artist
This is an amazing painting! I love the fluorescent blues on her tail, and the mixture of different cool colors. I have a question though, did you omit her nipples? I'm asking because her breasts look a little too perfect, and I think that's part of the reason why.

Anyway, really enchanting piece. Well done.
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gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016   Digital Artist
Ah, my mermaids don't have nipples. I believe that these mythological creatures are more on the "spiritual" side than the human and physical one. In my imagination, they don't reproduce as we see in films, but they are merely shadows that guide or even trap humans when these have the misfortune to find themselves on the path of the merpeople.
So, no, they don't have nipples - they are perfect in every sense, form and soul.
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xxXKrystalSoulXxx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Student General Artist
Hmm, I like your explanation. Thank you for answering so in-depthly. This is an interesting idea, that these mermaids are more spiritual than the physical ones we usually think about. I also see what you're saying about them being perfect, and thus not having nipples, or having need for them. I don't think nipples are imperfections, but it is certainly more clean looking here, in your painting, without them. Very intriguing concept. Thank you.
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely love the colors :)
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:iconalexcn88:
AlexCN88 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's pretty Huggle! 
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:iconexcelicious:
Excelicious Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This one is absolutely beautiful! My god are you self-taught?
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you! Yes, I'm a self-taught (:
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:iconexcelicious:
Excelicious Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! Much respect, I am also self-taught. Someday I hope my compositions will be as amazing as yours.
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you, though you should aim higher haha
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:iconcemac:
cemac Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
I have included this amazing artwork in the new feature for February 2016 on the front of the :icondigitaldelights: journal. Please :+fav: the journal so that more members may see your art, and thank you for being a member. :heart:
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SuperSaiyanMajin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
Another great work but I'm intrigued if there is a face for that beautiful painting?
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016   Digital Artist
Nope, no face needed for this illustration (:
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:iconsupersaiyanmajin:
SuperSaiyanMajin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
Indeed .. Looking forward to see more, any new projects ahead?
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016   Digital Artist
Well, I'm painting more pieces for my Weird Fishes series. If I had more time I would love to work on other personal projects though (:
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:iconsupersaiyanmajin:
SuperSaiyanMajin Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Aah me too I wish I have time I would spend it sketching just like in the old days
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:iconqinoha:
qinoha Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Oh. Wow. Woww.....
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:iconangel-of-apocalypse:
Angel-of-Apocalypse Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
i love bettas! you draw them really nice!!
mine is dead but he was such a pretty fish <3 (big tank ~250l)
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:icondavage003:
Davage003 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconartbyklaudiajozwiak:
artbyklaudiajozwiak Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
awesome colors!
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:iconambnas:
ambnas Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
bravooo!
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:iconl-james:
L-James Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Incredible work! The colors are stunning +v+
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:iconalexgv-art:
Alexgv-art Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
this is so stunning :D!!!!!
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:iconzedul:
Zedul Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Photographer
Really like this a lot.
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:iconmaidenswordstudios:
MaidenSwordStudios Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Beautiful piece, fantastic colour work. Ten thumbs up! Love Meow :3 
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:iconobscuroarcanum:
ObscuroArcanum Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful colours in this painting!
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:iconprismaticstardust:
PrismaticStardust Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
Gotta say, the anatomy in this artwork, wow Love it <3
I really am impressed with how you carefully shaded her stomach so that her muscles tones could be easy to see.
The blurred coloring effects, wow those fishes such details <3
The vibe in general is just so soothing, wonderful /A/
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:iconfluffydoki2:
fluffydoki2 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
True that. :) Was looking for this.
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you soo much! :hug:
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:iconprismaticstardust:
PrismaticStardust Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
Sure thing, no hassles =D
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:iconikonokl4st:
Ikonokl4st Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Splendid, i love this atmosphere... Clap
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:iconlily-fu:
Lily-Fu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
what a wonderful piece ! i share it :D
bellissima !
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:iconlouishelga:
LouisHelga Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Student General Artist
This looks amazing!
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:iconkrigstein:
Krigstein Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
"Siamese Fighting Fish, Fascinating creatures, Brave but on the whole stupid. 
Yes they're stupid except for the occasional one such as we have here, Who waits...waits.....
Waits until the survivor is so exhausted that he cannot defend himself, 
And then like SPECTRE, he strikes." 

I always remember that scene in 'From Russia with Love'."
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:iconwilliamson13:
williamson13 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done, even zen. :)Heart 
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely wonderful, Gabrielle! :heart:

Such a beautiful form of movement - well done! :hug:

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gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Hug 
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