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ACEO Mermaid's Friend by GargoyleGoddess21 ACEO Mermaid's Friend by GargoyleGoddess21
My first original ATC/ACEO. I haven't decided if I will keep her for trading or if I will sell her through my website or Etsy. But I am happy with how she turned out. :)

India Ink, watercolor and white acrylic

artwork (c) me
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Chenria Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks gorgeous and all the details are amazing :love:

How do you keep your ink lines that dark? When I use ink and paint it with watercolours my lines always nearly vanish or look grey D:
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GargoyleGoddess21 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hmmm... it may have to do with the type of ink and watercolors I'm using? ::goes to see brand of ink:: I use Higgins Fadeproof ink - the color is brown. It practically looks black, but in person it doesn't have the stark harshness of black that makes pieces more comic book like (at least that's what I think!).

I should also mention that I'm inking with a quill dip pen and ink from a bottle like this: [link]

Which the ink you use for those, India ink and the like, react differently with other mediums than when you ink pictures with like a Copic pens or other drawing ink pens. India ink is thicker (like after have drawn a picture with it you can touch the picture and it will feel like braille where the ink is when using India ink) and watercolors won't cover over the lines as easily (paint with thicker watercolor and yes, you still can).

My watercolors are not the most expensive brands in the work either - which may have something to do with it too (I actually want to get some nicer brands that have some spiffy colors and effects). But, I also do keep paper towel and some q-tips nearby so if I get any paint ON some lines too thickly that I don't want on the line I use those tools to clean it up before it dries.
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Chenria Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The tip with the ink bottle and a quill dip pen is a good one. I normally ink with Copic Multiliner because I became too lazy to use my bottled ink... maybe I should try it and see if there's a difference.
I don't have expensive watercolours either XD I still think it doesn't always depend on the brand...

But thank you so much for the reply :heart: I will try my india ink again (I hope I can find the bottle I bought last year XD)
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GargoyleGoddess21 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I've used Copic's multiliner pens too - just depends on the project I'm doing! But the more I ink with the dip pen, the more I REALLY prefer that.

And you're welcome!! I'll be excited to see what you do with the India ink!
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cybre Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! I really like the flow of the piece. Well done =)
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GargoyleGoddess21 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm very happy with how she turned out. ^^
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CloudFaerie Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Very pretty! ^^ I have a set of cards I just can't figure out what to put on them. =P I suppose inspiration will run me over eventually.
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GargoyleGoddess21 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes, get some inspiration and DO them! And then show me. :D

And then when you do get into them, we'll have to do an ATC card swap! :nod:
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dreamweaverno1 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is cool... I so want to get myself started in the ACEO stuff. :D
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GargoyleGoddess21 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! They are really fun to do. Mini artworks without having to spend TONS of time on. Good for experimenting. ^^

Dreamweaver - were we talking about doing an art exchange??? Because now I can NOT remember. I feel that SOMEWHERE I should have info on a gargoyle character of yours - but I have lost it! :cry: Epic FAIL!
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dreamweaverno1 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
yes... art exchange... uhm... what character did you want me to draw again?

Mine is named Meristide - just Meristide. She is a red gargoyle, she is half elf and half gargoyle. She has black hair and baby blue eyes. I think it is because of her elf blood, but her eyes don't glow red when she is angry, they glow bright blue like her eyes. She has black lips as well, you will see how her two horns look on her head, below is the link to her gallery on my deviant art page. She hardly wears the same thing twice... something always happens to an outfit and she has to alter it all the time. She loves black dresses and blues and greens... she is a happy person when she is with her mate, Utah, and her two children, L.A. and Alexandria (Alex for short). She shows her old age when someone asks her about her past. She can't help it, she is severly old, so is Utah, but she has seen too many wars and too many deaths to not let it show on her face every once in a while. She was born to a cheif and he was killed when she was a teenager, she had to step up and become the new cheif of their clan... a lot to ask somone and then she had to keep it up for many years since. She is a healer, and an anti-healer... she can hurt and help in one moment... she tries not to use her power in a negative way, she is a decent hand to hand combantant... I think I am giving too much of her away for one picture, sorry. :D

Anyways... here is the link. :D - Meristide
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GargoyleGoddess21 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'll have you to my Gargoyle character: GG

Here are some examples of her:
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GG has light grass green skin, light golden brown eyes, thick curly/wavy brown hair, and some freckles that follow a curved line under her eyes. GG is from Castle Wyvern - pre-Goliath time. She's in her mid-twenties human age, so mid-forties gargoyle age. As with all gargoyles of the clan, she's been trained as a warrior for battle and protecting the castle. She's curious about the world outside the castle, and likes little kids (though kids are afraid of her).
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D0minatus Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Jolie.
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Natsunohuyana Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist
Ooh so pretty <333

I love her hair :D
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GargoyleGoddess21 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm happy with how she turned out. :)

Hehe - I had a teacher in college say I spend a great deal of time on hair. ^_^** I can't help it! I love how it flows!
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Dedwar24 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Okay, where is my ACEO trade?! I seriously want to do one! :) But first, I have some questions...
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GargoyleGoddess21 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh I know we do!!! We need to swap some character profiles or point to various OCs we want done - and then get 'er done!

What are your questions?
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Dedwar24 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
I am VERY sure I've asked this before--but those splotchy effects that you create with watercolors; you create some of those with salt, but how? I've tried it before and it didn't seem to work at all.

And yes! Would you rather pick one of mine (currently I only have enough images of the ones in the contest, but I scrounge up stuff if you want a different thing) and I do the same or do you have something in mind? Cause I'm totally flexible. I mean, if you want, I don't even have to draw an OC!
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GargoyleGoddess21 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
I have used salt before to get the splotchy effects like in this piece: the green to red circle behind the fairy

I actually did not use salt in this piece - the background I layered various colors - a blue, let it dry - an aqua - let it dry and a darker blue - and some splotches of pink that I used on the fish/her tail/lips. If I don't want an area to be a solid color (like the background) I will pick some of the color up with a paper towel/soft clothe, or I will dab a brush that only has water on it to pick up some of the paint. And then for this piece, at the very end I used white acrylic (with a very VERY tiny bit of blue, so it was not a TRUE white) and dotted white dots in the background (and use the same technique for her tail to try to create the scales of a fish texture).

I honestly have to say I have not even come NEAR perfecting the salt technique. When I do use it I will layer an area with paint, sprinkle some salt and let it completely dry. You have to work quickly, don't give the watercolor paint time to start drying - sprinkle the salt on quickly. Then I have a big brush I use to brush away the salt once the painting is dry. I've been using regular table salt - but I REALLY want to get some sea salt and try that. I think the bigger granules will create bigger and better effects.

I can go to your Gaia contest and pick out a character or two there! For mine...here's the easiest way to get pictures of my characters:

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The Album Character Profiles is the one to look at. :) I LOVE your figure works - so really if you want to draw a sexy pretty lady I am cool with that too!
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Dedwar24 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Alright!!! It's ON! >:D It shall be a surprise. Woo!

And thank you so much for that! That is actually really insightful. I do remember someone talking about using larger salt granules to create a more dramatic effect. Your watercolor art is so pretty! <3
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GargoyleGoddess21 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! It's kind of funny I have gotten into watercolor this much over the past few years. In college I did some watercolor and I LOATHED the medium so much! But I think it had to do a lot with the way our teacher wanted us to approach the painting process - she was more "throw paint on their, fling some water at it, and see what happens!" - and I PLAN things and am very meticulous. Even though a lot of the beauty of watercolor is the random patterns you get from water hitting color and diluted it, or salt creating the pattern - it's still planned to HAVE that happen at a certain time - at least it is for me and my process.

I have some free time this weekend - so I think I shall have to start some comp sketches for your ATC! XD
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Dedwar24 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
I know how that feels. I am a planner too. I need to know ahead of time how it is going to turn out. :D

And I am working on your ACEO right now! I'm done inking... now onto coloring! :D
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GargoyleGoddess21 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Whoot! I got yours inked today too! tomorrow I shall start color!
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Riyuu-Inhumed Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
very cool, i love the solid lines and the coloring wash out of the watercolor in her fin
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GargoyleGoddess21 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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