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Edit: I fixed some color issues and layer blending :)

Hi, here goes the wiki attack!

The word is a compound of mere, the Old English word for "sea", and maid, a woman. The male equivalent is a merman.

Much like sirens, mermaids would sometimes sing to people and gods and enchant them, distracting them from their work and causing them to walk off the deck or run their ships aground. Other stories have them squeezing the life out of drowning men while attempting to rescue them. They are also said to take humans down to their underwater kingdoms. In Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, it is said that they forget that humans cannot breathe underwater, while others say they drown men out of spite.[citation needed]

The sirens of Greek mythology are sometimes portrayed in later folklore as mermaid-like; in fact, some languages use the same word for both bird and fish creatures, such as the Maltese word 'sirena'. Other related types of mythical or legendary creatures are water fairies (e.g., various water nymphs) and selkies, animals that can transform themselves from seals to humans.

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Amazing work.

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Wow man, this piece is simply magical! It's so gorgeous!
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Very informative and the water looks amazing :)
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Stuuuunning!  As a mermaid performer, I wish this could be me in real life!! XD ♥♥ Just lovely work!
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cool, Great job
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so beautifuuuul work!! Clap 
SkylarYozora's avatar
This is awesome! I would love to draw water and waves like you!
Bigou's avatar
I confirm. Some language, such as French, does use the same word for both mermaids an sirens. That's how Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid become "La Petite Sirène".

Fun fact: In french, the male counterpart is called a triton, which is also the word for newt.
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She is beautiful! +fav
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so skilled! *o*
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Wow:D (Big Grin)
Love it! im fascinated by Digital art creations, as ive never done one myself, and i wouldnt know how to start, this looks incredible! Amazing detail!Giggle
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Why don't you do one about a girl who wishes to be a mermaid, and finds the next day that her whole community had been transformed along with her and she is the only one who remembers?
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she's beautiful and inspiring :heart:
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